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Filing for Divorce Does Not Have to Mean Declaring Nuclear War, by a Columbus Ohio Divorce Lawyer

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When potential clients come in to see us to end their marriage, they sometimes have the initial impression that they have only two choices:

  1. End their marriage by dissolution; or
  2. File for divorce and prepare for nuclear war.

Columbus Ohio Lawyers Divorce, Columbus Ohio Divorce Lawyers, Columbus Ohio Divorce Lawyer, Columbus Ohio Divorce Attorneys, Columbus Ohio Divorce AttorneyIn reality, the truth is not so black and white.  Some people believe that they are incapable of negotiating with their spouse, and that their spouse will not respond to an offer of settlement.  This may be true – for a while.  Sometimes, a client finds out that while their spouse is resistant to negotiating with them, they are even more resistant to paying a bunch of money to a lawyer for a messy divorce.  So while spouses may be reluctant to address the issues and settle them, all of that may change after the divorce is actually filed.

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COLUMBUS OHIO LAWYERS DIVORCE, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE LAWYERS, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE LAWYER, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE ATTORNEY, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE ATTORNEYSIn this writer’s experience, over 90% of divorce cases settle.  Filing a divorce case is not the same thing as committing to a trial.  Rather, it is taking the first step, the beginning of the end.  From that point, the goal can be moving toward an informed divorce settlement.  Sometimes it takes a while to get there, sometimes all it takes is extending an olive branch.

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COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE LAWYERS, COLUMBUS OHIO LAWYERS DIVORCE, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE LAWYER, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE ATTORNEY, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE ATTORNEYSWhere both spouses can be trusted to follow through with their agreement and appear at the dissolution hearing, dissolution is a quicker, faster option than divorce.  But where parties’ motivation to end the marriage, or to broker the agreements necessary to end the marriage are not in the same place, filing for divorce may be the better option, if only to get the process moving toward finalization.

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 COLUMBUS OHIO LAWYERS DIVORCE, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE LAWYERS, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE LAWYER, COLUMBUS OHIO ATTORNEYS DIVORCE, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE ATTORNEYS, COLUMBUS OHIO DIVORCE ATTORNEYThe divorce process has a way of moving the parties toward settlement.  The Judge, at pretrial conferences, will help the parties to resolve conflicts that are barriers to settlement.  This can help when one or both parties is “digging in their heels” on an issue.

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columbus ohio lawyers divorce, columbus ohio lawyer divorce, columbus ohio divorce lawyer, columbus ohio attorneys divorce, columbus ohio divorce attorneysBetween the benefit of the experience of the attorneys and the guidance of the Judge, most divorce cases settle.  Therefore, parties should understand that filing for divorce does not mean starting a war.  It is important, however, that the client and the divorce attorney be on the same page regarding settlement.

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Virginia Cornwell is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Family Relations Specialist.

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What is Uncontested Divorce? (By a Columbus Ohio Uncontested Divorce Lawyer)

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Virginia Cornwell is a Columbus Ohio Uncontested Divorce Attorney.  

In Ohio, uncontested divorce is not the same thing as dissolution (which is often referred to as amicable divorce, no fault divorce, agreed divorce, and “disolutionment“).

Lawyers Uncontested Divorce, Uncontested Divorce Lawyer, Uncontested Divorce Attorney, Uncontested Divorce Lawyers, Uncontested Divorce Attorneys, Columbus Uncontested Divorce LawyersAs the name suggests, uncontested divorce is part of the divorce process, not part of a dissolution.  One of the primary differences between a divorce and a dissolution is that the marriage can end with only one party present at the final hearing.  This can be important where one party either ignores the divorce papers, or, in the case of deployed military members, would like the marriage to end but find it difficult to attend the hearing.

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Uncontested divorce has, more or less, three scenarios:

Ohio Uncontested Divorce Lawyers, Uncontested Divorce Lawyers, Lawyers Uncontested Divorce, Uncontested Divorce Attorney, Columbus Ohio Uncontested Divorce Attorneys, Columbus Ohio Uncontested Divorce Lawyers1.  The parties agree on the terms of ending the marriage, but for whatever reason, one of the parties cannot or does not want to attend the final hearing.  The case is filed as a divorce.  The parties may execute joint paperwork if they wish, such as a Separation Agreement and a Shared Parenting Plan.  The parties can request an uncontested hearing.  At this point, the party who is not attending the hearing is at some risk.  Although he or she may have seen the divorce decree the parties agree upon, they run the risk that the Agreed Decree of Divorce will not be presented to the Judge, and instead another Decree, more favorable to the party attending the hearing, will be presented.  It happens.  Therefore, the party that cannot attend the hearing would be wise to have an attorney attend the hearing on his/her behalf to make sure the paperwork is correct.

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Uncontested Divorce Attorney, Uncontested Divorce Lawyer, Uncontested Divorce Lawyers, Columbus Ohio Uncontested Divorce Attorney, Columbus Ohio Uncontested Divorce Lawyer2.  One party files for divorce.  The other party, once served, does not answer the complaint or come to the uncontested hearing.  The party who filed the complaint gets everything they asked for, providing the court has jurisdiction to award it.

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3.  Someone files for divorce and initially, the case is contested.  However, at some point, the parties reach agreement and settle the case.  They have an uncontested final hearing, at which they give brief testimony regarding the facts in the complaint and the terms of the settlement.

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