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What is the difference between divorce and dissolution?

If you wish to end your marriage in Ohio, you have two main options. These are divorce or dissolution. While they both will result in the legal end of your marriage, they are different in the approach and details. It is important to understand the difference so you can choose which option is best for your situation. 

The Ohio Bar Association notes that for either option, you must have lived in the state for at least six months, but that legal separation is not required. For a divorce, you will actually take it to court. You must sue for a divorce, which requires going before a judge and having him or her make the decisions on your case. Either you or your spouse will file the case. It is handled like other civil lawsuits, and you will usually want to hire an attorney to represent you. Most divorces end with a settlement where you and your spouse agree to certain points instead of the judge doing it. However, if you cannot agree, the judge will decide.

A dissolution, on the other hand, does not involve the court making decisions. It is handled between you and your spouse. You do have to file a petition with the court, but you make all the decisions and come to an agreement between the two of you. You file the petition once you have created your divorce agreement. It can take 30 to 90 days for the dissolution to be finalized by the court. This information is for educational purposes and is not intended as legal advice. 

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