Family law matters can be extremely emotional.
At Weaver Law Offices, we handle these matters in a very sensitive fashion.
Family Law includes issues of Divorce, Dissolution, Annulment, and Legal Separation.
We handle all post-decree motions as well, including Reallocation of Parental Rights, Termination of Shared Parenting, and Visitation Problems
In Ohio, there are two ways to terminate a marital relationship: a divorce or a dissolution of marriage.
Termination of a marriage requires the parties to resolve questions about present and future obligations of support and the children of the marriage, if any. Termination of the marriage also requires the apportionment of property and a determination as to the custody of the children between the separating parents.
Divorce means the legal separation of husband and wife brought about by a judgment or a decree (order) of a court that terminates the marital relationship. Ohio essentially is a “no fault” divorce state, meaning it is not necessary to prove the fault of the other spouse in order to obtain a divorce.
Dissolution of Marriage means a termination of the martial relationship by mutual consent.
A dissolution of marriage may be obtained by filing a petition (or complaint) for dissolution of marriage and a separation agreement with the court. The separation agreement must provide for a division of all property, spousal support, and, if there are minor children of the marriage, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the children.
Annulment means that because of some disability or defect existing at the time of the marriage ceremony, no valid marriage ever took place or no valid marital relationship ever existed between the parties. A lawsuit seeking an annulment is different from a lawsuit seeking a divorce in that no rights generally accrue to the parties to an annulment lawsuit.
In contrast to a divorce or a dissolution of marriage, a spouse may file a lawsuit for legal separation (formerly known as an action for alimony in Ohio) against the other spouse. A lawsuit for legal separation seeks enforcement of the martial obligation of support rather than termination of the marital relationship.
To obtain a divorce, dissolution of marriage, annulment, or legal separation, or for more information,
contact the Family Law attorneys at Weaver Law Offices to schedule a consultation.