As a resident of Ohio who is considering splitting up with your partner, you may be asking yourself what path you should take. Would a traditional divorce be best? What about a legal separation? Maybe dissolution is right, instead. Greg R. Lewis ESQ., Harry Lewis Co., LPA, can help highlight the difference between these options for you.
The three things that dissolution, divorce, and legal separation all have in common is that they allow for you and your partner to split up and live your own separate lives. However, legal separation means that you're still technically married, while divorce and dissolution both nullify the marriage.
The primary difference between dissolution and divorce is that dissolution is a "no-fault" proceeding. It's an easier option in terms of dealing with legal hassle, but it also depends on the notion that you and your soon to be ex-partner can work together to come to a mutual agreement without the involvement of the courts. This includes division of property, debts, and the responsibilities and rights of parents.
If that is possible, you and your partner will be able to negotiate through lawyers and come to an agreement that you both find beneficial and can give the okay to. This is then submitted to a court for approval.
If you're still looking into the many different options available to you as you move forward with your split, consider taking a look at our web page on marriage dissolution, linked here. In addition to doing your own research, you can speak with an experienced attorney who will be able to offer valuable opinions from a uniquely professional perspective.