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Ohio Residency Requirements
The plaintiff in actions for divorce and annulment shall have been a resident of the state at least six months immediately before filing the complaint. Actions for divorce and annulment shall be brought in the proper county for commencement of action pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court of Common Pleas shall hear and determine the case, whether the marriage took place, or the cause of divorce or annulment occurred, within or without the state. Actions for legal separation shall be brought in the proper county for commencement of actions pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure. The divorce is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse resides. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.03)
Ohio Divorce Grounds:
(1) On the application of either party, when husband and wife have, without interruption for one year, lived separate and apart without cohabitation; (2) Incompatibility, unless denied by either party. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.01)
Ohio Property and Debt Division
The court shall consider all of the following factors when making a property award: (A) The length of the marriage; (B) The assets and liabilities of the spouses; (C) The desirability of awarding the family home, or the right to reside in the family home for reasonable periods of time, to the spouse with custody of the children of the marriage; (D) The liquidity of the property to be distributed; (E) The economic desirability of retaining intact an asset or an interest in an asset; (F) The tax consequences of the property division upon the respective awards to be made to each spouse; (G) The costs of sale, if it is necessary that an asset be sold to effectuate an equitable distribution of property; (H) Any division or disbursement of property made in a separation agreement that was voluntarily entered into by the spouses; (I) Any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant and equitable. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.171)
Ohio Spousal Support, Maintenance, or Alimony:
The court shall consider all of the following factors when determining support: (1) The income of the parties; (2) The relative earning abilities of the parties; (3) The ages and the physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the parties; (4) The retirement benefits of the parties; (5) The duration of the marriage; (6) The extent to which it would be inappropriate for a party, because that party will be custodian of a minor child of the marriage, to seek employment outside the home; (7) The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage; (8) The relative extent of education of the parties; (9) The relative assets and liabilities of the parties, including but not limited to any court-ordered payments by the parties; (10) The contribution of each party to the education, training, or earning ability of the other party, including, but not limited to, any party's contribution to the acquisition of a professional degree of the other party; (11) The time and expense necessary for the spouse who is seeking spousal support to acquire education, training, or job experience; (12) The tax consequences, for each party, of an award of spousal support; (13) The lost income production capacity of either party that resulted from that party's marital responsibilities; (n) Any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant and equitable. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.171)
Ohio Custody and Visitation:
When husband and wife are living separate and apart from each other, or are divorced, and the question as to the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of their children and the place of residence and legal custodian of their children is brought before a court of competent jurisdiction, they shall stand upon an equality as to the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of their children and the place of residence and legal custodian of their children, so far as parenthood is involved. The court shall consider all relevant factors in determining a custody award, including, but not limited to: (1) The wishes of the child's parents regarding the child's care; (2) the child's wishes and concerns as to the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities concerning the child, the wishes and concerns of the child, as expressed to the court; (3) The child's interaction and interrelationship with the child's parents, siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest; (4) The child's adjustment to the child's home, school, and community; (5) The mental and physical health of all persons involved in the situation; (6) The parent more likely to honor and facilitate court-approved parenting time rights or visitation and companionship rights; (7) Whether either parent has failed to make all child support payments (8) Whether either parent previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any criminal offense involving any act that resulted in a child being an abused child or a neglected child; (9) Whether the residential parent or one of the parents subject to a shared parenting decree has continuously and willfully denied the other parent's right to parenting time (10) Whether either parent has established a residence, or is planning to establish a residence, outside this state. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.21, 3109.03, 1309.04, and 1309.051)
Ohio Child Support:
The court may consider any of the following factors in determining whether to grant a deviation: (1) Special and unusual needs of the children; (2) Extraordinary obligations for minor children or obligations for handicapped children who are not stepchildren and who are not offspring from the marriage or relationship that is the basis of the immediate child support determination; (3) Other court-ordered payments; (4) Extended parenting time or extraordinary costs associated with parenting time, provided that this division does not authorize and shall not be construed as authorizing any deviation from the schedule and the applicable worksheet, through the line establishing the actual annual obligation, or any escrowing, impoundment, or withholding of child support because of a denial of or interference with a right of parenting time granted by court order; (5) The obligor obtaining additional employment after a child support order is issued in order to support a second family; (6) The financial resources and the earning ability of the child; (7) Disparity in income between parties or households; (8) Benefits that either parent receives from remarriage or sharing living expenses with another person; (9) The amount of federal, state, and local taxes actually paid or estimated to be paid by a parent or both of the parents; (10) Significant in-kind contributions from a parent, including, but not limited to, direct payment for lessons, sports equipment, schooling, or clothing; (11) The relative financial resources, other assets and resources, and needs of each parent; (12) The standard of living and circumstances of each parent and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage continued or had the parents been married; (13) The physical and emotional condition and needs of the child; (14) The need and capacity of the child for an education and the educational opportunities that would have been available to the child had the circumstances requiring a court order for support not arisen; (15) The responsibility of each parent for the support of others; (P) Any other relevant factor. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.71 and 3113.217)
How Do I Know if I Should File in Ohio?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish residency prior to filing.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Have Children?
Yes. The system and your documents will address all the issues regarding your children such as, but not limited to; custody arrangements, visitation and time-sharing, child support, and medical coverage.
How Much Are the Ohio Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take in Ohio?
The process takes an average of less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your documents with the court according the filing procedures, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, for uncontested divorces, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized typically does the filing.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. Inside your account you will receive step-by-step filing procedures.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court in Ohio?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may or may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is where you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
3StepDivorce is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized in Ohio?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
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This easy to use online divorce is a "do it yourself (without a lawyer)" solution for any uncontested divorce (with or without children) that will be filed in the state of Ohio. An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse are in agreement and eliminates the stress and expense of settling your divorce in court.
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Filing for divorce can seem overwhelming. Like starting almost any other legal proceeding, it takes finding the right forms, filling out the forms properly, and understanding the court’s requirements for the next steps you’ll need to take.
Traditionally, most people have hired a lawyer to take care of all the legal matters in their divorce. But more and more couples are turning to a much cheaper option that’s still easier than figuring out everything on their own: filing for divorce online.
If you want to know more, read on for answers to some of the most common questions about online divorce in Ohio.
Ohio 3StepDivorce™ takes care of the divorce paperwork for you. Once you sign up for the service, you’ll answer some questions about your situation. Based on your responses to the questionnaire, Ohio 3StepDivorce™ will fill out the forms the state requires to start the process, along with instructions for adding any further information that’s needed. You’ll be able to print out the forms yourself immediately or, if you prefer, get hard copies by mail.
There are two basic requirements to file for divorce in Ohio: a residency requirement, and a legally recognized reason for ending your marriage.
To divorce in Ohio, the spouse who files must have been a resident of the state for at least six months immediately before filing the complaint. (Ohio Rev. Code § 3105.03 (2022).)
The terminology for ending your marriage in Ohio differs from that of other states: Not all legal procedures to end your marriage are called a “divorce.”
If you and your spouse agree on all the issues regarding the end of your marriage (such as property division, child custody, and spousal support), you will end your marriage by filing a “dissolution of marriage.” You don’t have to provide the court with any grounds (reasons) for the end of the marriage–you simply need to agree that the marriage is over.
On the other hand, if you and your spouse don’t agree on all the issues, you will have to get what Ohio calls a “divorce.” Ohio law lays out 11 grounds (reasons) for divorce:
Either spouse had a husband or wife living at the time of the marriage.
The spouse who isn’t filing for divorce willingly left the other for a year or more.
Fraudulent contract (meaning a spouse lied, hid information, or committed another fraudulent act in order to get the other spouse to marry).
Gross “neglect of duty.”
Imprisonment of the non-filing spouse in a state or federal correctional institution at the time the divorce is filed.
The non-filing spouse divorced the filing spouse in another state.
The spouses have lived apart without cohabitation for a year.
Incompatibility (unless one of the spouses denies that the couple is incompatible).
(Ohio Rev. Code § 3105.01 (2022).)
When a spouse files for divorce based on one of the first nine grounds listed above, the divorce will be “ fault-based.” This means that the filing spouse will have to prove that the other spouse committed the bad act that caused the end of the marriage.
The final two grounds–living separately for a year and incompatibility–are “no-fault” grounds for divorce. This means that the filing spouse doesn’t have to prove that the other was at fault for ending the marriage. But, if the non-filing spouse disagrees with the other’s claim that they are incompatible, the filing spouse will have to give another reason for the divorce.
Most people who file for divorce in Ohio list incompatibility as the reason their marriage is ending. As long as the other spouse doesn’t disagree, it’s the simplest way to proceed.
Many Ohio residents are finding that they can file for divorce and get through the process without the expense of hiring a lawyer if they’re filing a dissolution of marriage. That means that they’ve agreed with each other about all of the legal issues in their divorce, including:
how to divide their property and debts
alimony (spousal support)
the designation of a “residential parent” and a “legal custodian” of the minor children (if any), and
child custody, visitation, and child support (if they have minor children).
If you still have disagreements with your spouse about these or any other issues involved in ending your marriage, you’ll have to file for an Ohio divorce. Because that will involve legal battles and presenting evidence and arguments at court hearings, it would be risky to pursue a contested divorce without a lawyer to navigate the process for you–especially if your spouse has an attorney.
You can use Ohio 3StepDivorce™ as long as you are filing a dissolution of marriage (known in other states as an “uncontested divorce”) and you meet the state’s residency requirements. You’ll need to have a written marital settlement agreement, signed by both spouses, that covers all of the issues in your dissolution of marriage. Ohio 3StepDivorce™ will create this agreement for you, based on your answers to the questionnaire.
Ohio 3StepDivorce™ can also help if you aren’t ready to file for dissolution of marriage, but you want a legal separation agreement with your spouse. For instance, you might want to work out arrangements for support, custody of your children, who has to move out of the family home, and how to take care of the bills while you’re separated but still legally married.
Just because you haven’t been able to agree with your spouse about everything, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go through an expensive and time-consuming contested divorce. You could try divorce mediation. If you’re able to reach a settlement agreement with the mediator’s help, you can then use Ohio 3StepDivorce™.
Generally, you can use Ohio 3StepDivorce™ even when you have minor children with your spouse, as long as you agree on all of the issues related to your kids, including legal and physical custody, a parenting (visitation) schedule, child support, health and dental insurance, and tax deductions. Ohio 3StepDivorce™ will allow you to address these issues in your settlement agreement. We provide a standard parenting schedule, but you’ll have an option of customizing the schedule to meet your individual needs.
However, you won’t be able to address custody-related issues with Ohio 3StepDivorce™ if the affected child or children don’t meet the “home state” requirement. Usually, this means that Ohio must be the home state of the child on the date the dissolution of marriage is filed, or that Ohio was the home state of the child within six months before filing (and the child is absent from Ohio but a parent or person acting as a parent continues to live in the state). (Ohio Rev. Code § 3127.15 (2022).) If you don’t meet the home state requirement, you should speak with an attorney to find out whether you might qualify for one of the complicated exceptions to this rule.
In Ohio, both parents have an obligation to support their children. And like all states, Ohio has child support guidelines for calculating how much support the parents should pay, based largely on their incomes and custody arrangements.
3StepDivorce™ provides the Ohio Child Support Guideline Worksheets, so you can easily calculate the state's guideline level of support. You and your spouse may agree to an amount of child support that differs from the guideline amount, but the judge will review your agreement to determine if the amount of support is just and appropriate and is in your children’s best interests, and if meets one or more of the state’s grounds for deviating from the child support guidelines. (Ohio Rev. Code §§ 3119.22, 3119.23 (2022).)
In your settlement agreement, you and your spouse can also include child support provisions that aren’t legally required, such as a parent’s contributions to private school tuition or the cost of a child’s college education. You can also agree on some specific future events that will trigger a change in child support, such as when you’ll no longer need to pay for child care.
Child support orders in Ohio can be administratively reviewed every 36 months from the date the order was established or the date of the last review. Some orders can be reviewed sooner if your circumstances have changed significantly. If you make a request for a judge to modify your order, you don’t have to wait for 36 months. The judge will review your request based on the same legal requirements for an original child support order. (Ohio Rev. Code § 3119.79 (2022).)
If you want to save the time and expense of a court battle over a request to modify child support, you and your spouse may agree to a modification on your own.
When you fill out your questionnaire for Ohio 3StepDivorce™, you’ll answer a series of questions about your separate and marital property and debts, including how you’ll divide your marital property and allocate responsibility for payment of the marital debts.
If you own a home with your spouse, your agreement can spell out what will happen to the family home when you get divorced. Here again, the questionnaire will include a few questions about the property and how you’ve chosen to deal with it, such as:
selling the house and splitting the proceeds
transferring ownership to one spouse, with the other spouse receiving money or other assets in exchange for that spouse’s share, or
continuing to own the property together while allowing one spouse to stay in the house for a period of time (and, if so, how you’ll handle paying the mortgage and other ongoing costs).
In your Ohio 3StepDivorce™, you may also agree on whether and how you’ll divide any retirement accounts that you and your spouse have, including 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and defined-benefit pensions.
If you started contributing to the retirement plan before you were married, you’ll start by figuring out how much of its current value is marital property and how much is your separate property. There are experts and firms that will do this for you (for a fee, of course). The service is usually known as a pension appraisal or valuation. You’ll almost always need this kind of expert help when you’re dealing with a defined-benefit pension.
Once you know the marital value of your work-related retirement accounts, the easiest way to handle the division of the assets is not to split them but to transfer other assets as an offset. Here’s how that works: Say you have a 401(k) through your job, and the marital portion of the account is worth $100,000. If you and your spouse agree to divide that portion down the middle, and you have other marital assets to divide (such as a regular savings account), your spouse could receive an extra $50,000 from those assets while you keep the entire 401(k). That way, you don’t have to hire another expert to prepare the kind of special order that’s needed to tell the 401(k) administrator how to divide the account.
The rules are different for IRAs. You can simply agree to have your spouse’s share transferred to another IRA account in that spouse’s name. (You’ll have to submit a special form to the bank, along with a copy of your divorce decree.)
You and your spouse may waive any right to alimony in your Ohio divorce, or you may agree on the specifics of alimony payments: who will pay, how much, and for how long. Your agreement may also state whether a court could modify alimony at any time in the future, and it could cover related issues like health insurance and life insurance.
When you get your completed forms with Ohio 3StepDivorce™, your next step will be to file your paperwork in the Court of Common Pleas in a county where you or your spouse have lived for at least 90 days. If you both live in the same county, you must file in that county.
Every county in Ohio has different filing fees; contact the clerk of the court where you will be filing for more information. In most counties, the filing fee for divorce and dissolution of marriage is between $300 and $400. The fee might be higher if you have minor children.
If you can’t afford to pay the filing fees, you can ask the court to waive the fees. If your income is at or below 187.5% of the federal poverty limit, the court must waive your fees. If you don’t qualify for this mandatory waiver, you can still apply, but it will be up to the judge to decide whether to grant your request. (Ohio Rev. Code § 2323.311 (2022).) Use Form 20: Civil Fee Waiver Affidavit and Order to request a waiver.
Dissolutions of Marriage proceed fairly quickly because the couple has decided on all the issues. Also, because both spouses sign and file the petition, neither spouse has to be served with the divorce paperwork. By law, a dissolution of marriage can’t be finalized less than 30 or more than 90 days after filing the petition. (Ohio Rev. Code § 3105.64 (2022).)
Ohio 3StepDivorce™ provides unlimited, live, person-to-person support for customers. If you have any questions about how uncontested divorce works, call our Ohio Divorce Online Help Center at (888) 665-6782 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time).
Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and so cannot give out legal advice. If you have questions about Ohio law or need legal advice, we recommend that you contact an experienced family law attorney in your area.
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