Ensure that Everything is in Order
Even in the best cases, divorce can become an incredibly contentious and stressful process when you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse begin to argue over the terms of your separation. This will slow down the entire process and keep you locked in a legal battle for potentially longer than you ever wanted to be. If, however, you and your soon to be ex-spouse agree on all aspects of your divorce, you may file for an uncontested divorce to considerably speed-up the entire process and avoid those combative arguments. Still, there is a considerable amount of paperwork involved, and making a seemingly small mistake on any one of those forms could have serious ramifications in the future. The best way to ensure that everything is in order before signing anything is to hire experienced legal representation to work with you throughout the process.
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Filing for an uncontested divorce may be the easiest way to speed-up your divorce process, but that doesn’t mean you should walk into it without putting in the same preparation you would for a contested divorce. Hiring the right lawyer to represent you will ensure that you are put in the best position possible, and, with more than 40 years of experience, our Columbus divorce lawyers at Grossman Law Offices have the experience and track record you can count on. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options for your divorce.
What Forms do I need to Complete?
If you are filing an uncontested divorce in Ohio, there are a number of forms you need to prepare and fill out. Once the court has all of the necessary paperwork, your hearing will be scheduled between thirty and ninety days before your divorce is finalized. The paperwork involved in an uncontested divorce includes:
- Petition for Dissolution: Both parties need to include their personal information and reason for seeking a divorce in this form which, once completed, formally begins the legal proceedings.
- Separation Agreement: Both parties need to fill out this form and state that they are in complete agreement on all terms included in the divorce, including (when applicable) child support payments, visitation rights, custody, the division of joint debt and property, spousal support, and other related issues. Any disagreement here will make an uncontested divorce impossible.
- Financial Disclosure Affidavit: You must include all forms of income and expenses in this form.
- Affidavit in Compliance with Ohio Revised Code 3109: This form covers child custody laws in Ohio.
- Health Care Verification, Health Care Order, and Health Insurance Disclosure Affidavit: These forms will ensure that both parties, as well as any children involved, remain on their current health insurance plans throughout the divorce proceedings.
- Child Support or Spousal Support Deduction Notice: These forms allow an employer to take any spousal and/or child support payments directly out of the paying party’s paycheck.
- Shared Parenting Arrangement: This form must be filled out if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse plan on sharing parenting responsibilities.
- Waiver of Legal Representation: If you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse choose to forego legal representation, you must sign this form in order to proceed. It is not advisable to go this route, as legal representation can make a significant impact in ensuring that you haven’t made a mistake or placed yourself in a precarious position once the final papers are signed.
Can I Still File for a Contested Divorce?
Even the fastest divorce will still take time to move its way through the legal system, and you may begin to have second thoughts about continuing with an uncontested divorce. If this occurs at any point before you sign the final papers, you have the right to change the terms of your divorce. While we highly encourage you to hire legal representation at the outset of your uncontested divorce, it’s vital to do so before you choose to contest your divorce.
Hire Representation You Trust
Ensuring that everything is in order before filing for an uncontested divorce requires an experienced legal eye. At Grossman Law Offices, our Columbus divorce attorneys have spent decades representing thousands of families and individuals throughout the State of Ohio. With five Board Certified Family Relations Law specialists at the firm, you can rest assured that your case will be handled by true experts in family law. Send us the details of your case through our online form, or give us a call at (614) 344-4311 today to discuss your case over the phone.