Sometimes spouses may wish to have space from one another without wanting to seek a divorce or dissolution. Ohio allows for couples to seek a legal separation if they wish to go their separate ways without ending their marriage. There are varying circumstances that would cause a spouse to seek a legal separation. These reasons can include needing time apart, economic reasons, insurance, children’s benefit, religious beliefs, or retention of federal benefits. An experienced attorney can assist you with determining whether or not a legal separation is the best way to meet your goals. Our Dayton lawyers are ready to handle such matters and will help guide you through this situation in the most efficient manner possible. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Dayton lawyers providing efficient representation in legal separation cases
Like most big actions in life, wanting to get space from your spouse and to do things on your own has potential legal consequences. For instance, property or debt acquired by either spouse during the marriage is considered to be “marital” in nature. This is true regardless of whether the spouses were living together when the property or debt was acquired. This means that, if two people separate without any legal protections, one spouse could be partially responsible for debts their spouse acquires after the parties have separated. It also means that one may be entitled to a portion of any property that their spouse acquires during their separation. A legal separation can provide protections to married couples who want to live apart and remain married. Through an order given by the Court, spouses can ensure that any property or debt obtained will remain separate. In other words, a legal separation prevents you from being impacted by your spouse’s actions and vice versa. This means that the parties can essentially obtain the legal protections of a divorce while remaining married.
The first step in obtaining a legal separation in Ohio is to prepare a Complaint with the Court. The spouses must also complete a separation agreement which details their agreed-upon arrangements for child custody, child support, visitation, and the division of marital property. The Complaint and agreement are then simultaneously filed with the Court. The Judge will review the pleadings and hold a hearing to determine if each side is happy with the agreement and that it is what they truly want. The Court will then sign a Decree formally entering the legal separation. However, disputes can arise at a later date if an issue is not adequately addressed, or omitted altogether, in the agreement. To alleviate the risk of such complications, it is highly recommended that you retain an experienced attorney who is experienced in such matters.
Our Dayton legal separation lawyers have over forty years of combined experience. We will use your initial consultation to advise as to whether a legal separation is in your best interest. If you wish to move forward, without filing for divorce, we will help to negotiate a settlement with your spouse. This settlement will deal with currently held assets and debts, those which may be acquired in the future, and issues such as child custody and support. We will complete your Separation Agreement and Complaint and file these documents with the Court. Our firm will ensure that you are prepared for all hearings before the Judge. We understand how stressful this time is for you We will help to resolve the situation as efficiently and in as stress-free a manner as possible. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation to find out how we can be of assistance.
Dayton attorneys providing a streamlined process for legal separations
Our Dayton lawyers will assist you with a legal separation so that you may move forward in your life. Stress caused by your current situation should be kept to a minimum. As such, we strive to provide a streamlined process which allows you to move forward with your future. We will make sure that we are with you every step of the way to make sure you understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. Our attorneys will provide copies of the documents and respond to your inquiries in a prompt manner. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service and will ensure that your questions do not go unanswered. Our law firm is ready to assist you.
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