A dissolution of marriage in Ohio is considered a “no-fault” proceeding to legally end a marriage. Each spouse files a joint petition with the court, requesting that a judge review and approve the agreement which they have entered into. The agreement provides details of how all terms of the marriage are resolved, such as property division, debt allocation, child custody, child support, and alimony.
It is imperative to understand that both parties must agree on all issues to use the dissolution procedures. This type of separation typically avoids conflict and is significantly quicker and less expensive compared to divorce.
On the other hand, annulment refers to an invalid marriage that is not recognized by law.
The following are grounds for annulment in Ohio:
- One or both parties are underage
- Marriage consent was obtained through fraud or force
- One spouse is still married to another person
- The marriage was never consummated
- Marriage between relatives
Since an annulment means that a marriage wasn’t valid in the first place, both parties do not have to undergo procedures to determine property division or alimony.