Your Divorce Questions Answered
For over a decade, our attorney at the Law Offices of Jason M. Donnell, LLC, has been dedicated to helping people in Lancaster navigate the challenging waters of divorce. He understands the importance of strong client relationships and being there when our clients need him the most.
Here are answers to some of the questions he receives most often.
What is the difference between dissolution and divorce?
In a divorce, the court makes decisions about property division, spousal support, and child custody, if applicable. It is often the choice when couples cannot agree on these issues.
Dissolution, on the other hand, is a more amicable process where both spouses agree on the terms of their separation. It is typically quicker and less adversarial.
What are the benefits of choosing dissolution over divorce?
Dissolution offers a more amicable and cooperative approach to separation. The process usually takes less time and allows both spouses more control over the outcome. Dissolution often results in a smoother transition and a more positive postmarital relationship.
How long does the dissolution process typically take to complete?
The duration of dissolution varies depending on individual circumstances and court processing times. However, it is generally faster than divorce, and it can be completed in a matter of months if both spouses agree on the terms and submit the required paperwork promptly.
Are there specific requirements for filing for dissolution in our jurisdiction?
Yes, each jurisdiction may have specific requirements for filing dissolution paperwork. It’s essential to consult with an Ohio lawyer who is familiar with local laws and can guide you through the process, ensuring that all necessary documents are filed correctly.
How does alimony work in divorce cases?
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is financial support provided by one spouse to the other after divorce. It aims to help the lower-earning spouse maintain their economic well-being.
How is the amount of alimony determined in a divorce?
The amount of alimony, also known as spousal support, is determined based on various factors. These include the length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial situation, their contributions to the marriage and the standard of living established during the marriage. Courts aim to provide the lower-earning spouse with the means to maintain a similar lifestyle post-divorce.
Can alimony be modified after it’s been established by the court?
Yes, alimony orders can be modified under certain circumstances. Changes in the financial situation of either spouse, such as job loss or increased income, may warrant a modification. Additionally, if the recipient spouse remarries or cohabitates with a new partner, it can also impact alimony payments.
What happens if the paying spouse refuses to comply with alimony orders?
Legal action can be taken if the paying spouse fails to comply with alimony orders. The recipient spouse can seek enforcement through the court, which may involve penalties for noncompliance, wage garnishment or other legal remedies to ensure that alimony is paid as ordered.
What factors does the court consider in child custody cases?
Child custody decisions prioritize the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child’s age, their relationship with each parent, and their physical and emotional well-being are considered.
Courts encourage parents to work together to create a parenting plan that best serves their child’s needs.
Can grandparents or other relatives seek custody or visitation rights?
Yes, in some cases, grandparents or other relatives can seek custody or visitation rights. However, they typically need to demonstrate that it is in the child’s best interests and that the parents are unable or unfit to provide suitable care.
How can parents work together to create a successful parenting plan?
Parents can collaborate on a parenting plan that outlines custody and visitation schedules, decision-making responsibilities, and other essential aspects of co-parenting. Mediation and negotiation can help parents reach agreements that prioritize the child’s well-being without the need for contentious court battles.
What should I know about domestic relations issues?
Our lawyer is here to provide guidance and legal representation to individuals facing complex family law issues.
How can an attorney help in a high-asset divorce?
High-asset divorce involves substantial wealth, intricate assets and complex financial arrangements. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance and representation.
Our lawyer works diligently to protect our clients’ financial interests and navigate the complexities of their high-asset divorces.
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If you have more questions about divorce or any other family law matter, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Law Offices of Jason M. Donnell, LLC. Our dedicated attorney is here to provide you with the answers and support you need. Contact us by filling out our simple form or calling 740-653-8171 and take the first step toward a brighter future.