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We Can Guide You Through Divorce Decisions

The decisions you make in divorce will frame your future for years after you and your spouse part ways. It is important that you have an attorney who thoroughly understands the process and can provide a strategy that best meets your specific needs and goals.

Attorney Laura Helmbrecht provides individualized care and attention, as well as years of experience in helping divorcing spouses. She will take the time to understand your priorities for the divorce and create a plan to help achieve those goals.

If you are getting a divorce, contact a lawyer who provides knowledgeable and caring guidance at each step in the process. Call Laura Helmbrecht today for a consultation.

Solutions In Divorce, Dissolution And Annulment

In Ohio, a marriage can be ended through:

  • Divorce – A divorce does not require an agreement between the spouses. In fact, both spouses do not even need to be present. In Ohio, the divorce must meet one of 11 criteria, including adultery, absence, cruelty, habitual drunkenness, neglect of duty, fraudulent contract, imprisonment and incompatibility.
  • Dissolution – This decree is granted when both spouses agree on all terms of the separation, terminating their marriage and dividing their assets. They must agree on all terms of child issues, including custody, support and parenting time.
  • Annulment – This decree essentially declares that the marriage never existed. These are rarely granted, and there must be evidence that something extreme occurred, like fraud or force.

Attorney Laura Helmbrecht provides the answers and options you need to make informed decisions that are best for you, your children and your future. Throughout the process — from child custody matters to the division of property — she will protect your personal and financial interests with strategies that are tailored to you and your situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some regularly asked questions:

Why Hire Laura Helmbrecht For Your Divorce?

When it comes to matters involving your family and loved ones, you need an attorney who is not only skilled and knowledgeable, but compassionate and supportive. You need someone who will advocate for your interests and understand what they are. Attorney Laura Helmbrecht will bring both empathy and confidence to your case. She knows how to help you get what you need out of your divorce and how to support you along the way.

What If My Ex Does Not Agree With The Divorce?

In a perfect world, divorce would not need to be contentious. But in all too many cases, your ex will not just agree to the terms of your divorce. In these cases, you need to negotiate, and sometimes litigate the terms of your divorce. Laura can help you do both. She is both a skilled mediator and litigator and can help you come to a resolution in or out of court. Whatever your divorce comes to, she’s prepared to help you get what you need.

How Do I File For Divorce In Ohio?

The divorce process is challenging. It starts with meeting residency requirements. Followed by filing a petition for the dissolution of marriage that both parties must sign. There is also a hearing regarding your proposed separation agreement which addresses areas of potential disagreement like distribution of your property and child custody. Then, you must move on to the more complicated parts of the process involving dividing your property and figuring out custody of your children.

What Is The Difference Between A Contested And Uncontested Divorce In Ohio?

In Ohio, a contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot agree on one or more issues, such as child custody, division of assets or spousal support. This type of divorce involves litigation, where a judge decides on the unresolved matters. Contested divorces can prolong the legal proceedings, resulting in increased emotional and financial strain on both parties involved.

An uncontested divorce occurs when spouses can reach agreements on all aspects of the divorce, including child custody, property division and support, without court intervention. Uncontested divorces generally proceed more quickly and cost less than contested divorces.

How Does Property Division Work In Ohio Divorces?

When it comes to property division in Ohio divorces, the state follows the principle of equitable distribution. This means that marital property, which includes assets acquired during the marriage, is divided fairly, though not necessarily equally, between the spouses.

To help ensure a just division, the court considers factors such as:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s financial situation
  • Each party’s contributions to the marriage
  • Separate property, which includes assets owned before the marriage or acquired through inheritance or gift, remains with their original owner.

What Are Common Grounds For Divorce?

Under Ohio law, there are two types of divorce:

  • Fault-based divorce
  • No-fault divorce

Fault-based divorce is granted on grounds such as adultery, extreme cruelty, willful absence for one year, habitual drunkenness and imprisonment.

However, no-fault divorces, which are more common, can be granted based on the grounds of incompatibility or living separate and apart without cohabitation for one year. No-fault divorces do not require proof of wrongdoing by either spouse and are often simpler and less contentious. This can lead to a less stressful and more straightforward process.

Also, couples can opt for the dissolution of marriage, a nonadversarial process in which they mutually agree to end the marriage and resolve related issues without going to trial.

Need More Information?

Please contact family law attorney Laura Helmbrecht to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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