At Babbitt & Dahlberg, we’re here to help. When faced with an emotionally trying situation, making sound, objective decisions alone may be overwhelming. Fortunately, we’re there to see you through your case from its outset. At your initial consultation, we’ll discuss the details of your divorce or dissolution case, provide guidance and make recommendations for next steps. If you choose to proceed with our family law attorneys, we’ll work diligently to reach the most amicable resolution in your divorce or dissolution settlement. If your case goes to court, rest assured that Babbitt & Dahlberg will firmly defend your personal and fiscal interests.
Aside from the requirement of being a resident of Ohio for at least six months, the following situations may lead you to qualify for a divorce in Ohio:
Ohio is considered an “equitable distribution” state, which means that marital property will be divided fairly, if not equally. Although the court has wide discretion in deciding how to equitably divide marital property, that does not mean unlimited discretion. The Court considers a number of factors like the marriage’s duration, the assets and liabilities of the spouses, the economic desirability of retaining intact an asset or an interest in an asset, the liquidity of the property to be distributed and more.
Alimony, or spousal support, is ongoing payments from one spouse to the other after a divorce takes place. A judge considers factors like length of marriage, income and relative earning abilities, age, physical, mental and emotional conditions, education, standard of living and more when awarding spousal support.
When a divorce complaint is filed, the defendant is given time to respond. If property and debt division as well as child custody and support decisions are agreed upon, the divorce is able to be finalized without a trial. If not, a court date is set for trial.
A dissolution requires both parties to agree on all terms and fully disclose property and income before the court’s jurisdiction is invoked. When information is concealed, support isn’t given or when an agreement cannot be reached, filing a Complaint for Divorce is often the best option. When all aspects are agreed upon, a Dissolution of Marriage may be available.
Whether or not your case goes to court, the issues you may face — property and debt division, alimony, child custody and child support — are handled the same. Trust Babbitt & Dahlberg’s 45+ years of combined experience to see you through this complicated time.
If you’re facing marital trouble and need legal representation, reach out to the Columbus divorce attorneys at Babbitt & Dahlberg by calling 614-228-4200 to schedule a consultation.