Your Dayton family lawyer at Baldwin Valley & Wallace LLC will analyze your domestic relations situation and let you know if ending your marriage via a dissolution or a divorce with mediation is a good alternative for you. Dissolutions and mediation of issues through a divorce filing are often less expensive and more efficient ways of ending a marriage than divorce. Mediation and/or a dissolution of marriage usually facilitate a less acrimonious resolution of issues for a couple who wish to end their marriage.
In a dissolution, the parties sign a petition asking the court to grant them the dissolution, and file it along with a separation agreement (in addition to other required documents such as a Financial Affidavit disclosing all the parties’ assets and liabilities) that provides for the division of all assets such as real estate, motor vehicles, retirement plans, bank accounts, and also provides for the division of debts. In addition, the separation agreement addresses parental rights and spousal support and usually includes various waivers, along with an agreement to execute all necessary documents to facilitate the division of property. Within 90 days of filing the petition and separation agreement, the Court will schedule a final hearing which both parties must attend.
Mediation can occur after a divorce has been filed if the parties agree to the mediation process. The Court usually screens all filed divorce cases to determine if they may be appropriate for mediation, but your Dayton divorce lawyer can also file a motion on your behalf requesting mediation. Mediation helps the couple identify and resolve issues in an efficient and less adversarial environment. If there are children involved, the mediator will help the couple make responsible parenting choices in the best interest of the children. Mediation is not binding, meaning a party cannot be forced to agree to anything against their wishes, and is also confidential. If mediation is not successful, the mediator may not later be subpoenaed into court to testify for a party. If the parties are able to reach an agreement on some or all of the issues, then a signed agreement is sent to the judge assigned to the case.
For more information about Ohio divorces, mediation or dissolutions, and/or to schedule a free consultation please contact your Dayton divorce law firm or a Dayton divorce lawyer, at Baldwin Valley & Wallace LLC today by clicking on the preceding link, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to (937) 436-0699.
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