Difference Between Divorce and Dissolution in Ohio
Obtaining a dissolution of marriage in Ohio means that the husband and the wife fully agree on every issue, both at the beginning of the dissolution and at the final hearing. It is a no-fault divorce with a written separation agreement that is filed with the court when the case begins. A dissolution is based on a full disclosure of all assets and liabilities.

A dissolution can be the most cost-effective form of divorce, as long as the parties can work out all of the details, including property division, child support, spousal support (if any), shared parenting, and any other issue.

It is also generally the quickest and least painful way to a divorce; in Ohio, the final hearing for the dissolution must take place within 90 days from the day of filing.
The domestic relations attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP are highly skilled and experienced in negotiating and writing these separation agreements.

A dissolution may not be for everyone, but if it is a viable option, our attorneys will work with you every step of the way.

A lawyer can only represent one of the spouses, even if you already agree on everything. If you have an agreement in principal, and your spouse has an attorney already, it is always better to have your own attorney look over the papers.
Call us at 1-800-297-9191 or send us a website message so that we may begin to evaluate your options, and see if a dissolution of marriage will be in your best interests.
Divorce and Dissolution are both legal methods to end a marriage in the state of Ohio. However, there are distinct differences. A divorce is a complaint filed by a husband, a wife or both in the domestic relations division of the local common pleas court. If there is no domestic relations division within your county's court system, the divorce complaint is filed in the general division of the common pleas court. A divorce complaint must allege, and the party filing for the divorce must later prove, at least one of the following legal grounds for divorce:

A divorce is almost never a happy occasion. Emotions often get the best of everyone involved—the divorcing couple, the children, and their families and friends.

If you are thinking about divorce or dissolution, you need a lawyer who is knowledgeable and professional, but who is also sympathetic to your needs in one of the most stressful times of your life.

In Ohio, a divorce, whether it is contested or uncontested, is strictly controlled by state law. To learn more about Contested Divorce vs. Uncontested Divorce, click on this button: 



One of the divorcing parties must be a resident of the state of Ohio for at least 90 days and a resident of the county in which the case will be filed for at least 30 days.
Contested Divorce
In a dissolution of marriage, the husband and wife file a joint petition where both parties are requesting the court to terminate their marrriage and approve the separation agreement that they have prepared. A dissolution of marriage petition is filed in the domestic relations division of the local common pleas court. If there is no domestic relations division, the dissolution of marriage petition is filed in the general division of your local common pleas court. The dissolution of marriage process typically eliminates or reduces much of the time and expense associated with the divorce process. With a dissolution of marriage, the grounds for fault listed above are NOT an issue.
  • Adultery
  • Gross Neglect of Duty (such as not supporting the other spouse)
  • Cruelty, Abuse or Violence
  • Habitual Drunkenness
  • Imprisonment of the Other Spouse
  • Bigamy (One of the spouses was already married to another person)
  • Willful Absence from the Home for a Continuous 1-Year Period 
  • Fraudulent Contract (Fraudulent misrepresentations prior to the marriage)
  • Incompatability of the Husband and Wife
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