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Tips for a smoother uncontested divorce

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Firm News |

Divorce marks a pivotal change in your life, affecting both your emotional well-being and your finances. With such a momentous change, the legal proceedings are undoubtedly challenging enough without adding unnecessary conflict to the mix.

If you are on the cusp of ending your marriage, you might want to choose a more respectful and less stressful approach. Choosing to proceed with an uncontested divorce means you and your spouse agree on the significant elements of your separation, such as the division of assets, debt settlements and child custody. As you navigate this divorce, it is vital to ensure that you are well-prepared to avoid any legal hurdles in the future.

Communication is key

A successful uncontested divorce relies on your ability to talk openly with your spouse. Approach each conversation with honesty and a willingness to listen. This will help you both understand each other’s perspective and reach agreements that feel fair. A neutral third party, like a mediator, can help facilitate these conversations.

Prioritize financial transparency

When it comes to any type of divorce, full disclosure of your financial situation is paramount. You and your partner should be clear about your assets and debts to divide them equitably. This includes bank accounts, property, investments and any outstanding liabilities. 

It is also crucial to remember that Ohio is an equitable distribution state, which means the court will divide your assets and debts fairly and not always equally. When you both agree on how to split everything, put it in writing. Make sure to cover all your bases, including retirement accounts, real estate and personal property.

Child-centered approach

If you have children, their needs should be at the heart of your divorce decisions. The law in Ohio, as in other U.S. states, focuses on prioritizing the child’s best interests. Work out a parenting plan that covers living arrangements, visitation schedules and decision-making responsibilities. It is also critical to establish fair child support for their stability and future.

The legal process in Ohio is structured to support uncontested divorces, but it is important to be thorough and considerate regardless. Pay close attention to the legal documentation that will make everything official. You want to ensure that the decisions made today will stand the test of time and will not lead to legal headaches in the future. 

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