A divorce is a difficult time for any couple, and it may become even more challenging if children are involved or if there are significant assets or property to divide. If you are considering filing for divorce or have been served with a divorce complaint, you will need an experienced Ohio divorce attorney to help guide you through the process. In Columbus and the surrounding areas, you can trust Paul R. Panico and his team to represent your interests in a divorce. As a divorced father, he knows how hard this situation can be, and he will listen to your concerns, advocate for you, and fiercely defend your rights.

Grounds for Divorce in Ohio

A divorce is a legal complaint filed by one spouse or partner against the other. A complaint about divorce must be filed in the domestic relations division of the local court and must state at least one reason for the divorce.

In Ohio, there are eleven potential grounds for divorce. Any one of these reasons — or more than one reason — can be listed as the basis for your divorce in the official paperwork. They include:

  1. One spouse was already married at the time of this marriage
  2. Willful absence of the other spouse for one year or longer
  3. Adultery
  4. Extreme cruelty
  5. Fraudulent contract
  6. Any gross neglect of duty
  7. Habitual drunkenness
  8. Imprisonment at a state or federal correctional institution
  9. One spouse was granted a divorce outside of Ohio
  10. Spouses have lived separately for at least one year
  11. Incompatibility, unless either party denies this allegation

While many of these provisions are rarely used, others are commonly seen in many divorce actions. Incompatibility and living apart for at least one year are considered no-fault grounds for divorce. In other words, this means that no party was at fault for the breakdown of the marriage.  

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Divorce Proceedings

In order to file for divorce in Ohio, one of the spouses must be a resident of the state for at least 6 months prior to filing and a resident of the county in which the complaint is filed for at least 90 days. When a divorce is contested, the process may take a considerable about of time.  

In addition to listing the grounds for the divorce, an Ohio divorce complaint must list the date and place of marriage and the name and birth dates of any minor children. The complaint must be filed in court, and then served on the other party. While the divorce is pending, either spouse can seek temporary orders for spousal support, child custody or visitation and child support.

The court will hold one or more hearings to determine whether or not the parties can reach an agreement on the major issues of the case such as dividing property and sharing custody of the children. If an agreement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial and the judge will issue a decree of divorce after deciding these issues.

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Divorce Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio

If you are facing a divorce, trust a lawyer with nearly thirty years of handling Ohio divorce proceedings. Paul Panico is empathetic, skilled, and will ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you.