Family Law: Legal Separation, Divorce and Dissolution

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Find local court forms and rules - Use this tool to find and link to the webpages of local courts that contain that court's local rules and forms. Not all courts have a website or have posted local rules or forms to their website.

A2J Civil Protection Order Online Template - Begin the process of filing for a civil protection order by completing this online template.

icon Change of Name Form - For Adult - You can use this form to complete a request for name change, and then submit it to the Probate Court in your county. Simply type in the information on the screen and then print.

icon Divorce in Ohio (With No Children) Information and Forms - This packet from the Ohio State Legal Services Association provides information and forms for divorcing spouses with no children.

icon How to File an Answer to a Divorce Complaint (no children) - This packet contains forms for filing an answer to your spouse's divorce complaint if there are no children involved.

Standard Juvenile Protection Order (SUPREME COURT OF OHIO) - The Supreme Court of Ohio’s adoption of the standard juvenile civil protection order forms rule, Sup. R. 10.05. The forms, which became effective on March 1, 2011, are available (in Word and PDF) through the Supreme Court’s DV Program web page.

Legal Education
Collaborative Family Law Promotes Divorce with Dignity -Collaborative family law is a process through which the parties to a divorce and their individual attorneys commit themselves to resolving all issues of the divorce by negotiated agreement, without resorting to or threatening to resort to court proceedings.

Commonly Asked Questions About Divorce -"Divorce" and "dissolution" are two different legal actions used to terminate a marriage.

icon Credit and Divorce - This information sheet explains the advantages and disadvantages of individual and joint credit card accounts during and after a divorce.

Divorce and Dissolution: What's the Difference? -Marriages may be legally ended in one of two ways--divorce or dissolution of marriage. In order to obtain a divorce, one party must allege that his or her spouse has been at fault under one of the statutory grounds.

Divorce Decrees Enforced in Several Ways -A domestic relations court keeps the authority to enforce its divorce decree orders. You may file a motion with the domestic relations court asking that the other party in the divorce be found in contempt of court for failing to comply with the court order to make child or spousal support payments.

Divorce, Dissolution & Separation -This article from the Ohio State Bar Association provides a general overview for the three ways for a husband and wife to end or alter their marital relationship.

icon Divorce Information Sheet - This information sheet provides an overview of several legal forms of action including divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation and civil protection orders.

Divorce Mediation -This article from the Ohio State Bar Association discusses the use of mediation in the divorce process.

Ohio Stalking and Menacing Law - Criminal Penalties -Stalking and menacing are illegal in the state of Ohio. Normally, a first conviction of "menacing by stalking" is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. However, the crime of menacing of stalking is upgraded to a felony of the fourth degree under certain circumstances.

Prenuptial Agreements Protect Pre-Marital Assets -In addition to protecting your separate pre-marital assets, a prenuptial agreement outlines what the terms will be your marriage should end in divorce or dissolution.

icon Termination of Marriage and Legal Separation in Ohio - This brochure from Community Legal Aid Services, Inc., discusses Ohio laws concerning annulment, dissolution of marriage (a type of voluntary, joint divorce), divorce and legal separation.

icon What are the Legal Grounds for Divorce in Ohio? - A husband or wife may file a complaint for divorce in the domestic relations division of the local common pleas court or, if there is no domestic relations division, in the general division of the common pleas court.

icon What is a Dissolution of Marriage? - In a dissolution of marriage in Ohio, the husband and wife file a joint petition where both parties are requesting the court to grant the same relief, namely, that their marriage be terminated and that their separation agreement that is attached to the joint petition be reviewed and approved by the court.

icon What is a Legal Separation? - In Ohio, some people seek a legal separation because they do not meet the six-month residency requirement for filing a divorce action in Ohio.

Other Resources
Domestic Relations Mediation Program - Franklin County - Mediation is a problem solving process in which a neutral professional (the mediator) facilitates communication between parties involved in a divorce or a domestic relations dispute. The mediator helps parents understand the needs of their children, reach agreements in their children’s best interest and develop a cooperative parenting relationship.

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Child Custody
Child Support
Co-Habiting (Unmarried) Partners
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