Cleveland Dissolution Lawyers
Finding the Best Path Forward in Your Divorce
A dissolution is often less time consuming, expensive, and unsettling than a standard divorce. Dissolution is a common and effective way to terminate a marriage in Ohio.
In a dissolution, parties and/or their counsel will work together to negotiate an agreement on all issues. This may include division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child support, custody, and a parenting plan. Dissolution is effective when both parties commit to negotiating in good faith to jointly reach a fair and equitable resolution.
The dissolution process involves the following steps:
- Disclosure of all assets, liabilities, and income ;
- Negotiation of the division of assets, liabilities, income, shared parenting if there are children, etc.; and
- Collaboration with counsel and parties to create a separation agreement and shared parenting plan, if there are children.
At the end of the dissolution process, the parties will have one court hearing to review and finalize the agreement.
At Laubacher and Co., we encourage families to consider a dissolution or other low conflict resolutions to minimize the harm that can occur when ending a marriage. Our attorneys will work with you to negotiate a secure and equitable divorce agreement with your spouse that serves your short and long-term interests.
Benefits of Dissolution In Ohio
When you choose a dissolution, you seek a divorce where both you and your spouse can end your marriage with as much dignity and respect as possible. Not everyone is prepared to make such a commitment, but for those that are, a dissolution is preferable to the contentious and expensive divorce that so many people find themselves going through.
Dissolution Is Less Expensive.
Hiring a divorce attorney can be expensive, especially if the attorney must spend a great deal of time on your case. Developing a divorce case for litigation is time-consuming, as a substantial amount of information must be gathered, and an argument must be developed to present to the court. Court proceedings also take a lot of time to go through, with many contentious divorces taking a year or more to resolve. The more issues that need to be determined by the court, the more time it will take. All of this adds up to large attorney fees.
Dissolution Is Less Time-Consuming.
A contentious divorce may require your attorney to fight for every single aspect of your separation from your spouse – property division, child custody, child support, etc. Each question must be argued by attorneys and decided on by the court, which takes time. The more complex the issues, the longer it may take for the court to work through them and come to a final decision.
In a Dissolution in Ohio, both sides are seeking a solution. This cooperative approach cuts down on the time it takes to decide on all issues, and it eliminates the need to wait for the court to make a decision. Where it may take a year to get a typical divorce, a dissolution can often be completed in a matter of months.
Dissolution Reduces the Stress of Divorce.
The end of a marriage is always emotional, but a typical divorce can significantly amplify the pain, frustration, and resentment that comes with separation. The stress involved in the process can be significant, especially for children. The harder each side fights to get what it wants, the more difficult it becomes for everyone.
In a Dissolution, much of the stress is avoided. Both sides are already in the right mindset to resolve issues amicably. With less time, less expense, and a better perspective, dissolution can be accomplished with minimal stress.
How Can I Discuss Dissolution with My Spouse?
Participation in a dissolution is a two-way street. If you are interested in pursuing a dissolution, you potentially have several options for getting your spouse on board. If you and your spouse are on good terms, discussing the benefits and the process can help move you toward an agreement to pursue a dissolution. If your spouse is resistant, your attorney may be able to talk with your spouse's attorney about pursuing a dissolution. This is best done before a complaint for divorce has been filed.
What if I Can't Reach an Agreement with My Spouse?
Let us start by saying that, when divorcing spouses have committed to pursuing an amicable resolution, they can generally use the dissolution process to come to terms. However, if their discussions break down, parties still retain the ability to file for divorce at any time.
At Laubacher & Co., our attorneys have the tools to help you navigate the dissolution process confidently. We know how to negotiate with other Cleveland attorneys and achieve an outcome that suits your specific needs and circumstances.