Divorce vs. dissolution: Which is better?

by | Nov 5, 2017 | blog, Firm News

When contemplating the end of your marriage in Ohio, you have two options to choose from: file for the courts to either dissolve your marriage or grant you a divorce. It is important for you to understand the pros and cons of each choice before you pick one.

Ending a relationship, especially a marriage, is never easy. Before you make any decisions, take some time to review the following information about divorce and dissolution.


You do not need a reason to file for the dissolution of your marriage. If you and your spouse are on good terms, have minimal marital assets and property division issues, it may be a better option than divorce. To file for one, you and your partner must petition the courts. Your petition must include a separation agreement that clearly details all assets and debts and how they are to be divided. If you have children or you or your spouse expects to receive spousal support, there must be an agreement for those in your paperwork. Before your petition can be approved, you and your spouse must demonstrate you are in complete agreement about everything concerning your separation.


You have the option to file for a contested or uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is similar to dissolution, except it becomes an option after someone files for a contested one. Contested divorces usually require court intervention because neither party can agree on child custody, spousal support, property division or other important matters right away. To file, you or your spouse must allege there are legal grounds for it. Common reasons you can divorce your spouse for include:

  •        Adultery
  •        Neglect
  •        Abuse
  •        Incompatibility
  •        Abandonment

Keep in mind there are other reasons that can make your situation eligible for divorce. No matter the reason, the person who files must provide proof to the courts.

Choosing the best separation strategy for your marriage is not always easy. You may find it easier to decide after speaking to an attorney for guidance.