What Type Of Divorce Is Right For You?

Not all Ohio divorces have to be litigated in court. Depending on your circumstances, you may benefit more from the following:

  • Legal dissolution
  • Legal separation
  • Annulment

Legal dissolution may also be referred to as "no-fault" divorce. In "no-fault" divorce, spouses discuss the terms of their property division and child custody arrangements to reach an agreement outside of court. This process is far less costly and stressful than litigation.

Legal separation is an option in which you may remain legally married but live separately.

In select cases, you may eligible for annulment. An annulment is a legal decree that the marriage never occurred. This occurs in cases of fraud and secrecy such as lying prior to the marriage about one's ability to have children.

The Benefits Of Alternative Dispute Resolution Options

If settling a divorce outside of court is a viable option for you, you may want to consider collaborative divorce or mediation.

Collaborative divorce allows you to settle your divorce terms through negotiation. You will each have a family law attorney who can guide you through the process and represent your interests.

Mediation is a similar process in which a third party assists you in coming to an agreement and settling contentious matters. This allows you to reach divorce terms outside of court with someone trained in facilitating these discussions.

Both methods are generally a less stressful and time-consuming process than traditional litigation. They allow you to make decisions about your own agreement rather than letting court decide your terms.

How To Choose A Resolution Method

The reality is that every divorce is different. There is not a correct resolution method, so to speak. Your circumstances, the complexity of your case and your own wishes will all be factors in the divorce process.

One of our skilled lawyers at Laubacher & Co. can discuss the best options for your case. Please call 440-462-1882, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our office is in Rocky River, and we serve the Cleveland area of Ohio.