Making the decision to get a divorce can be emotional and challenging, but also freeing. If you have decided that it’s time to dissolve your marriage, it’s important that you understand how the divorce process works in Ohio and what you should do to prepare for a divorce. Here are some steps you should take when planning for a divorce—to learn more, reach out to our experienced Ohio divorce attorneys at the law office of Groth & Associates.
Get Clear on the Process
The first step in preparing for a divorce in the state of Ohio is gaining an understanding of how divorce even works. This includes learning:
- The grounds for divorce in Ohio
- How to file a petition for divorce or respond to a petition for divorce
- Waiting periods for divorce/how long the divorce process takes
- The difference between a contested and uncontested divorce
- The laws regarding the division of property, alimony/spouse support, and child support and child custody
If you have any questions about the above, it’s best to consult with an attorney. Now’s also the time to start thinking about whether your divorce is likely to be contested (you and your spouse will not agree about the terms of the divorce) or uncontested (you and your spouse both agree about how property should be divided, child custody should be shared, and whether an award for spousal maintenance will be part of the settlement).
Organize Your Affairs and Documents
Next, you should start to get your affairs and various documents in order. One part of getting your affairs in order will be starting to save money, as well as opening up new accounts—bank accounts, credit card accounts, etc.—that are in your name only. You’ll also need to consider whether you’ll move out now and, if so, where you will live. If you have children, this could make things more complicated. Now’s also the time to start taking inventory of your assets.
Know What You Want
At the time you file for a divorce, you’ll need to be clear about what you want regarding property division, alimony/spousal maintenance, and child custody and support. You should talk with your spouse about this—it’s very possible that you can work together to come to an agreement before you even file your divorce paperwork, which can ultimately expedite the process. When you file your petition for divorce, the terms that you’re requesting must be listed.
Hire an Attorney
Before you get too far into the divorce process—and before you file your petition for divorce—you should find a skilled, experienced Ohio divorce attorney near you. An attorney can advise you regarding the divorce process, what you’re likely entitled to in the divorce, and how to file your divorce paperwork or respond to a petition for a divorce. If your divorce is uncontested, your attorney can review your divorce settlement and ensure it’s fair and just; if your divorce is contested, your attorney will represent your best interests.
At the law office of Groth & Associates, our divorce attorneys in Ohio are here for you. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call us directly or send us a message online.