Dissolution vs. Divorce in Ohio

In Ohio, a dissolution of marriage is often thought of as a "no-fault" divorce. Unlike divorce, a dissolution does not require that the parties allege and prove fault grounds. However, a dissolution can only be filed once the parties have reached an agreement on all issues that must be addressed to terminate the marriage. This agreement is contained in the parties' separation agreement that is filed with their petition for dissolution. Once filed, the final hearing on the dissolution is held within 30 to 90 days. Because the court only becomes involved once the agreement has been reached, there are no formal orders for discovery, temporary orders, or other hearings that are involved in a divorce. This can save the parties a great deal of money if they are well represented by counsel, enter into the proceeding with a good understanding of their marital finances, and are able to communicate and negotiate the agreement in a win/win manner.