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Divorce, Dissolution, and Legal Separation

Do I need a Divorce, Dissolution or Legal Separation?


Choosing the best legal solution for you will depend on your family dynamics, the complexity of your financial situation, and even your personality. Dissolving a marriage may mean:


Legal Separation - In a legal separation you are still married at the conclusion of the case, but you have a court order that defines the responsibilities and rights of each spouse while they are living apart. Legal separation frequently, but not necessarily, leads to divorce or dissolution of a marriage.

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Dissolution - This is a more cooperative and private approach to legally ending a marriage. In dissolution, both spouses must agree to all parts of the contract. It has the advantage of being less costly, both financially and, often, emotionally, since the spouses work together in the process and fault does not have to be found. It can often be completed in about 90 days.

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Divorce - This process can be civil and focus on problem solving or the stereotypical "fight about everything" type of case. The Court is more heavily involved in this procedure and all of the proceedings are more formal and controlled. Methods exist to require a spouse to disclose assets, debts and property. Additionally, child custody and visitation are more closely scrutinized.

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Choosing the Right Lawyer


With all that is at stake - child custody, support and visitation; property division; parents and grandparents rights; and the possibility of spousal support - finding a lawyer with years of experience and a thorough understanding of Ohio family law is critically important. We are prepared to answer your questions and hear your concerns.


Distinguished Domestic Relations Attorney Award by the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court

Over 35 years representing all sides of Family Law.

Empathetic, experienced, passionate—and experienced in Family Law.


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Dayton Ohio  Divorce & Family Law Attorneys

Address: 7051 Clyo Road

Dayton, OH 45459




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