Divorce and dissolution are two important family law terms that Ohio residents may believe are equivalent. In the Buckeye state, divorce proceedings involve allegations of fault made by one or both of the parties against each other. A dissolution happens when fault does not play a role in the end of a marriage. Whether a couple goes through a divorce or dissolution, the process will generally end with their marital relationship being terminated.
This this post will look at marital dissolutions, which are sometimes called no-fault divorces. Readers should not use this post as legal advice, and questions about fault and no-fault divorce options can be discussed with readers’ trusted family law lawyers.
Incompatibility during a marriage
In Ohio, a marriage can be legally ended if the parties can show that they are incompatible and cannot remain married. This no-fault divorce option permits individuals to present their cases of incompatibility to a court in order to have their marital relationship terminated. However, if one of the parties to the proceedings does not agree that their marriage is incompatible, the court may not award a dissolution to the requesting party.
Separation as a final option
When the parties to a failing marriage cannot use incompatibility as a no-fault option to end their relationship, they may need to rely on separation to bring their legal relationship to its end. When two married people can live separately for a year, they can use their separation as the grounds for a no-fault marital dissolution. More information about dissolution options should be discussed with readers’ attorneys.
Ending a marriage can be difficult. In Ohio, residents have different options for legally terminating their marital unions. Depending on factors related to their specific cases, they may have different options for taking their divorces or dissolutions through the courts.