Many Ohio residents do not realize they have other choices besides going to court when they are considering a divorce. If the thought of an expensive, lengthy and exhausting legal battle does not appeal to you, you may wish to learn about marital dissolution. Also known as an uncontested divorce, marital dissolution has many benefits over traditional litigation. However, certain factors make an uncontested divorce ideal for some couples, while it might not be the best choice for others.

According to FindLaw, mediation and collaborative law are the types of alternate dispute resolution couples use when they would rather end their marriages peacefully. Marital dissolution typically involves a neutral third party assisting each spouse in finding solutions they can both agree with. However, ending your divorce amicably means you and your spouse need to be able to communicate, cooperate and negotiate. The following traits are ideal for those considering this type of divorce:

  • An ability to treat each other with respect and consider every point of view
  • A desire to reach solutions that benefit each person involved, including the children
  • A willingness to learn communicating and compromising techniques, which may be valuable when dealing with each other in the future
  • Divorce disputes that are not overly complex or contentious

Marital dissolution tends to cost less, take less time and have less conflict than a litigated divorce, which may serve as incentives for you to consider this avenue. However, an uncontested divorce might not be the best choice if there was substance abuse, domestic violence or emotional abuse during your marriage, so it is important to educate yourself on your options.