In the state of Ohio, there are two ways to legally end a marriage: dissolution or divorce. Though the terms “dissolution” and “divorce” are related, and in common use often interchangeable, they are, in fact, different ways to bring a marriage to its end. Generally, dissolution and divorce differ in that:
- Dissolution is accomplished through cooperation between a husband and wife with the aid of skilled and caring professionals. Proceedings are conducted outside the court system so records are private; decisions are agreed upon between parties, so there is no risk that a judge will hand down a decree that one or both sides find unacceptable.
- Divorce is accomplished through a risky fight in which sides are drawn up, cases are presented to a judge, all documents are made public through their entry into the court’s record system and the result is left to an overworked judge who has little insight into the true issues affecting your case.
Note: Throughout this site I will uses the words dissolution and divorce interchangeably to make the reading more understandable to those not familiar with the phrase dissolution.