James D. Miller II, Esq.
The Miller Firm, LLC
Dayton, Ohio Dissolution Attorney
Ending a marriage can be both confusing and emotional. The Miller Firm's Dayton, Ohio dissolution lawyer is committed to providing each of its clients with diligent, compassionate representation that is both affordable and efficient. The Miller Firm strives to fully understand the unique issues and complexities of every case in order to achieve a favorable result. If you need legal help with any divorce, child custody, or other family law matter, contact The Miller Firm today at (937) 259 - 8031 for a free consultation.
How is a Dissolution Different from a Divorce?
A dissolution of marriage is less costly and time-consuming than a divorce. Unlike a divorce, fault grounds are not at issue. A petition for dissolution is not filed with the court until the parties have reached an agreement regarding all of the relevant issues, including spousal support, child support, shared parenting/custody, and division of assets and debt. After the agreement is made between the parties, a petition for dissolution and the agreement can be filed with the court. Depending on the nature of the case, the following documents may be required in order to file a petition for dissolution:
- Petition for dissolution
- Motion for shared parenting
- Shared parenting plan
- Separation Agreement
- Parenting Proceeding Affidavit
- Affidavit of Financial Disclosure
- Application for child support services
- Child support computation worksheet
Following this, the parties attend a final dissolution hearing where the parties testify in court, affirming their agreement. The court will then approve the parties' agreement and grant the dissolution of marriage.
What Happens at a Dissolution Hearing?
Typically, at a dissolution hearing, the parties will arrive at court for their hearing and then be sworn in by a court reporter. After taking an oath, the party named as the "first petitioner," will be questioned by either the judge or his/her attorney followed by the testimony of the second petitioner. The parties' testimony will generally concern that they have reviewed and are satisfied with the separation agreement and/or shared parenting plan, that they have fully disclosed their assets and liabilities, that they have entered into the agreement voluntarily, and they both desire the dissolution. In addition to the initial filings, the parties must also submit the following documents to the court by the date of the final dissolution hearing:
- Final decree of dissolution
- Final decree of shared parenting
- Separation agreement (if modified)
- Shared parenting plan (if modified)
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