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An Affordable Divorce or Dissolution in Ohio is a Reality

Eliminating legal fees by doing your own divorce is your first step to saving money when getting a divorce in Ohio. If you and your spouse have an uncontested situation and can agree on your issues, 3StepDivorceTM for Ohio makes preparing your own divorce papers super easy without draining your bank account. The saving should never stop there. Below are some great tips that will help you save even more money throughout the Ohio divorce process.

Getting Legal Help in Ohio (if Needed)

If you hit a road block when doing your own divorce and need some legal advice do not immediately abandon ship. Many people seek our answers to legal questions and then continue on preparing their own paperwork and filing. It is not uncommon. If you find you have a legal questions when you file Pro Se, there are still legal help agencies that may be able to help out as well as using the internet. Searching online for answers and using pay per questions services is a very affordable route and often your best option.

Mediation as an Alternative for an Ohio Divorce or Dissolution

Let's say you want to do your own divorce, but during the negotiation phase you and your spouse just can't seem to come to an agreement on one or more issues. You can try a cooling off period to see if a meet in the middle is eventually possible, but if not, divorce mediation is probably your best option. A Mediator will meet with you both and help guide you to an amicable resolution. Using mediation rather than hiring lawyers will save money and also keep you on a more friendly path which will permit you to finalize your divorce on your own.

Ohio Courts Will Expect You to be Organized

Make sure you are organized, use an accordion type folder to keep your paperwork in order; papers that where filed, are stamped by the courts, and papers that you have yet to file. Showing up to the Clerk's desk to file looking well organized will go a long way in the eyes of the Clerk. He or she will recognize that you have spent time in preparation and respect the court filing process.

Documents that need to be notarized can also be kept in an area of the folder to make sure you have all the paperwork in one section and nothing is missed. Also keeping copies of any identification is a good idea as well as your marriage certificate and any other court orders that may be relevant to your divorce (for example: temporary or past child support orders).

Notarizing Ohio Divorce or Dissolution Papers

You will have some Ohio documents that need to be notarized prior to you filing them with your county court in Ohio. Calling your bank to find out if they offer a notary service for their clients may save on time and money. Most banks will extend free notary to those that have a checking account. There may be outside notary publics that you can call ahead of time to ask their fees. Sometimes notaries charge by the document or page but it is always best to call. The Separation Agreement, Financial Discloser Affidavit, Affidavit in Compliance With ORC 3109.27, Information for Parenting Proceeding (ORC 3109.27), and Health Insurance Discloser Affidavit are typically documents that are required to file that must be notarized by one spouse or both. Notarizing the documents at the same time or place is not a requirement.

Not Paying Ohio Court Filing Fees

If you cannot afford to pay the court’s filing fees, you may ask the court to waive the filing fees. The filing fee in Ohio is $175 to $250, depending upon the county, but you may be able to get out of paying all or part of this cost if you are indigent. In order to file as an indigent person, you must be receiving government benefits, your income must be below the poverty level or you do not have enough assets to cover the filing fees. You must file a formal request and order to sue or defend as an indigent person in order for the court to review the paperwork and grant permission for you to continue with the divorce or dissolution without paying court fees.

Paying Taxes When You End Your Marriage in Ohio

As part of your divorce settlement, you and your spouse will need to decide how to file your taxes. As long as you are married the final day of the year, you may file jointly or singly. Filing as a single person will often change the tax bracket you were in when you filed married and joint. Additionally, filing head of household will establish who takes any deductions for the children such as childcare. The other parent cannot benefit from these deductions in this instance.

Filing Your Ohio Divorce or Dissolution by Mail

Often couples will ask whether or not they have to go down personally to the courthouse to file the paperwork. It is always recommended because it is nice to be able to communicate directly with the Clerk or assistants who will be taking care of your divorce filing. If you live far away from the courthouse or it is too costly to take time off of work, then filing by mail may be your best option to spare some added expense. Often any mail-in procedure would involve a number of copies of the documents, filing fees, and self-addressed envelopes for both spouses with the correct postage affixed. Do not get discouraged if your court does not have a mail-in procedure; some Ohio courts do not accept filing for divorce or dissolution this way.

Inexpensive Service of Process

Once you file the required Ohio divorce papers you now have to serve your spouse with the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Petition for Divorce. Often your spouse can sign a Waiver of Service of Summons and file it with the court to avoid this process. However, the court may require you to serve your spouse. The most cost effect would be to simply hand the documents to your spouse; then mail the documents. Service by mail is less expensive than service by a process server who may have an hourly rate or flat rate depending on how he or she sets up his or her fees.

A Simple Divorce Process
Step 1 See if you qualify & create account!
Step 2 Answer the questions at your own pace.
Step 3 Print, sign and file your divorce forms with your local court (instantly review & print your forms online or have them sent US Priority Mail at no additional charge).

START HERE

Only $299 (flat-fee)

or 2 monthly payments of $157
or 3 monthly payments of $109
or 4 monthly payments of $84
Payment Options Do Not Delay Divorce
Instant Delivery - Instant Changes
100% Guarantee of Court Approval
or Your Money Back
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