Knowledgeable Legal Counsel In Divorce And All Other Family Law Issues
Legal issues involving the family can be a difficult experience. If you have a family law issue, you need a lawyer who will give you personal attention and help alleviate your concerns. At the same time, you need an attorney with the experience and the determination to get you exactly what you need.
For more than 40 years, family law attorneys at Russo, Rosalina & Co., LPA, have been treating Cleveland clients with care and compassion while getting them solid results. Contact us and set up an appointment to come to our comfortable offices and speak one on one with one of our lawyers about your situation.
Your Divorce Does Not Have To Be Contentious
In Ohio, there are two proceedings that spouses can use to end their marriages: divorce and dissolution. A divorce may be contested or uncontested, depending on your situation and relationship. In a contested divorce, the spouses are unable to agree on key issues such as child custody and the division of assets. The disagreements lead to a judge reviewing and deciding on the issues in your case. However, if you can agree on critical issues, you may end your marriage through dissolution or an uncontested divorce.
The process of obtaining a divorce involves filing and serving a lawsuit against the other spouse, like any civil lawsuit. The petitioning spouse must prove grounds for divorce under Ohio law, which include reasons such as adultery, cruelty, incompatibility and fraud.
To file for an uncontested divorce in Ohio, you must have the presence of a fault, regardless of the fact that both spouses agree on the terms of the divorce. If the marriage is being ended on a no-fault basis, filing for dissolution is the better option. In an uncontested divorce, only the filing party has to appear.
Dissolution: An Alternative To Divorce
In Ohio, dissolution of marriage is generally cheaper and more straightforward than ending a marriage through divorce because there are no contested issues. Neither party will have to prove grounds for the separation to be eligible for dissolution.
The process involves both parties filing a petition with the court, outlining the plan for the separation. After a 30-day waiting period, the court will then decide whether to approve the dissolution. If the court is satisfied that both spouses agree upon the termination of their marriage and the division of assets and custody of any children, the court will grant a dissolution.
Dissolution is an alternative to divorce that make the process easier for you in many ways. Besides the faster and cheaper process, dissolution is more amicable. It presents a better opportunity to work with your spouse instead of against them.
A Law Firm For All Aspects Of Your Life
Family law used to mean little more than divorce, but the field has expanded to encompass almost any legal issue faced by families. Our lawyers help with a wide range of family law matters.
Along with family law, our other main focus is probate and estate planning. Of course, both of these fields of law involve working with families. As a family law firm that, over the years, has had a father (now retired), daughter and son-in-law all working alongside one another, we take special pride in helping other families get through challenging legal issues.