Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, but understanding the grounds for divorce in Ohio can help make the process smoother. In this guide, we'll go over the different settings for divorce in Ohio and provide useful tips to help you navigate the process.
1. No-Fault Divorce
In many states, no-fault divorce is available as an option. This means that couples can seek a divorce without having to prove fault or wrongdoing on either party's part. Commonly cited reasons for a no-fault divorce include "irreconcilable differences" or "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage." No-fault divorce aims to make the process more amicable and less adversarial, focusing on the fact that the couple's marriage is irreparably broken.
In some states, adultery remains a valid ground for divorce. Adultery refers to one spouse engaging in extramarital affairs or having sexual relations outside of the marriage. To file for divorce based on adultery, the accusing spouse must provide evidence or corroborating testimony to support the claim.
3. Extreme Cruelty
Extreme cruelty is another ground for divorce in Ohio. This term encompasses a broad range of behaviors that cause physical or emotional harm to the spouse, rendering the marriage intolerable. Such behavior may include physical abuse, emotional abuse, or persistent and malicious mistreatment that undermines the sanctity of the marital relationship.
Desertion, also known as abandonment, is also a ground for divorce in Ohio. It occurs when one spouse leaves the marital home without justification and with the intention to end the marriage. In some cases, desertion may be physical, while in others, it may be emotional or financial abandonment.
5. Living Separate & Apart
Living separate and apart for a specified period is a recognized ground for divorce in some states. Couples can claim divorce on these grounds if they have lived separately for a certain duration, typically ranging from several months to a year, depending on state laws. This option allows couples to seek a divorce when their marriage has broken down, even if there is no fault attributed to either party.
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Whether you're filing for a no-fault or fault-based divorce, it's important to gather evidence and work with a skilled family law attorney. At Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A., we have the experience and expertise to guide you through the divorce process.
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