Need Divorce Mediation? Ohio Makes Your Uncontested Divorce Doable!
Ohio divorces can be as easy or difficult as you make them—there are ways of getting your divorce finalized in the Buckeye State that mean you don’t need to attend court, and you may not even need a lawyer. One of those ways is to aim for an uncontested divorce from the outset.
An uncontested divorce—or dissolution of marriage—requires that your settlement is agreed upon before you file, and divorce mediation is a popular way of negotiating settlement terms while avoiding the expense of lawyers.
DoNotPay takes a look at divorce mediation in Ohio to make your divorce easy and painless!
A no-fault divorce can be filed based on:
- Separation for a year or more
- Incompatibility between you and your spouse
A judge is not allowed to question your reasons for claiming incompatibility, but your or your spouse’s behavior can be taken into account if the court has to rule on your settlement.
Filing for divorce in Ohio entails these steps:
There are no uniform divorce papers available in Ohio, so you will have to check with your county court to find out the exact papers required. In every county, though, you will need a:
- Complaint for divorce
- Request for service
- Affidavit of income and expenses
- Affidavit of real property, assets, and debts
If you and your soon-to-be-ex have minor children, you will have to submit their details as well.
In case both spouses can agree on pursuing the uncontested divorce route, you can file jointly, in which case your divorce papers must include a:
- Petition for dissolution
- Affidavit of income, expenses, and property
- Settlement agreement
- Judgment entry
If minor children are involved in your uncontested divorce, you must include various forms that cover shared parenting, child support arrangements, and all the elements necessary to demonstrate that your children will be looked after adequately.
Your spouse needs to be served with the divorce papers, and a signed receipt of service has to be filed with the court.
In a jointly filed uncontested case, you can avoid the need to serve your spouse by filing a waiver of service with your dissolution papers.
For your divorce to be considered uncontested, you and your spouse will need to reach a settlement agreement before you file.
The settlement agreement is a legal document that sets out how you and your spouse will handle:
- The secure upbringing of your children
- Alimony or spousal support
- The division of your assets, real estate, and debts
If the judge is satisfied that your settlement agreement covers all the elements listed in your financial affidavits and child declarations, your uncontested divorce will be granted with no hassle.
By far, the most complex procedure in your entire divorce is negotiating your settlement agreement.
The traditional way to agree on a settlement is to hire lawyers and let them negotiate on your behalf before letting them draft a document that covers what has been agreed.
This can be expensive and time-consuming. Ohio lawyers charge around $200 per hour on average, and a typical settlement agreement can take up to 30 billable hours to finalize—your agreement could easily cost $6,000 or more per spouse.
- Willing to work towards a friendly divorce
- Ready for an out-of-court settlement
- Able to negotiate face-to-face with guidance from a mediator
The divorce mediation process consists of the following steps:
|Divorce Mediation Steps||Explanation|
|Setting ground rules||The mediator sets out certain behavioral standards, such as:
|Opening statements||Each spouse has an opportunity to present their initial position, including their requests and expectations from the mediation process. The mediator notes each point and tries to identify common ground|
|Clarifying points||The mediator will draw up a list of points that need to be settled through negotiation, based on each spouse’s opening statement|
|Negotiating individual points||Each point is negotiated with help and guidance from the mediator|
|Summarizing and wrapping up a deal||The mediator summarizes all the agreed points and wraps up the deal. If the mediation is successful, the mediator will provide a summary that can be used for drafting a settlement agreement. If the process doesn’t work, the mediator will write a report for the court, and the case will proceed to trial for the judge to impose a settlement|
Mediation is not always successful but can offer a low-cost way to resolve your differences and reach a settlement with your spouse.
The more you and your spouse can agree on, the more you can avoid expensive lawyers and court proceedings.
Once your mediation process has given you a settlement you are both happy with, you can go ahead and have your agreement drafted.
Your options for drawing the agreement up are:
- Lawyers—Attorneys can draft your agreement but may charge high fees
- Online divorce services—Various online providers offer templates for you to download and fill out, but you should be careful as many of these templates are too generic to cover your exact needs
The sure-fire way to avoid the expense of a lawyer while making sure your settlement agreement is watertight is to use DoNotPay. We can create a comprehensive, tailor-made agreement for you in a few clicks!
DoNotPay wants your Ohio divorce to be simple, cheap, and pain-free!
Our Divorce Settlement Agreement product is the perfect way to take the result of your successful mediation process and turn it into a legal document.
You can avoid the expense of a lawyer, speed up your divorce process, and walk away with an agreement that guarantees the best for everybody involved.
Here’s what you need to do to set up your settlement agreement:
- Sign up with DoNotPay
- Click on our Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Follow the prompts and fill in the details to customize your agreement
Once you are done, we will generate your document in a flash. You can sign it together with your spouse and have it notarized.
If you are looking for detailed info on divorce procedures in Montgomery County, feel free to explore our learning center at any time!
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