Columbus Dissolution AttorneyDissolution is a lesser known option for terminating a marriage than divorce, but they both accomplish the same result. Dissolution and divorce are both statutorily created ways to terminate a marriage, and they are both governed by Ohio Revised Code chapter 3105. In many ways, dissolution is preferable to divorce. If you are looking for a dissolution attorney in Columbus, greater Franklin County, Delaware County, Union County, or greater central Ohio, then call an attorney at Harris & Engler today at (614) 610-9988. The attorneys at Harris & Engler help their clients obtain the best dissolution possible by making sure that all aspects of the terms of dissolution are accounted for and dealt with appropriately.
What's the Difference Between Divorce and Dissolution?Generally, the difference between dissolution and divorce is that with dissolution, the couple has to agree to every single term of the termination of marriage. The only thing that disqualifies you from a dissolution is disagreeing about the terms of the marriage termination, such as property division, or the parenting plan if you have children from the marriage. If you disagree about the terms of the dissolution, then you need an attorney to negotiate better terms or you need an attorney to convert your dissolution into a divorce.
When you file for a dissolution, you and your then spouse are filing what is called a "Petition" for dissolution. Both parties are called "petitioners." When you file for divorce you are filing a lawsuit against your then spouse in what is called a "Complaint" for divorce. Your spouse then has to file what is called an "Answer." In a divorce, the party that files the complaint for divorce is called a "Plaintiff," and the other party is called a "Defendant." The dissolution attorneys at Harris & Engler try to help their clients obtain the best, quickest, and cheapest dissolution as is possible under the circumstances.
Is a Dissolution Cheaper than a Divorce?Often times, yes. Divorces can be more expensive than dissolutions by the very nature of the proceedings. Divorces can be contentious, with disagreements about a lot of different things, such as custody, spousal support, or the division of certain assets. In divorces with a lot of disagreements, an attorney will have to fight hard for your interests by filing appropriate motions and attending hearings. There may end up being more hearings in a divorce than a dissolution. Those things would naturally increase attorney fees. The dissolution attorneys at Harris & Engler are hardened negotiators and will always try to get a dissolution done as efficiently as possible. The attorneys at Harris & Engler will do everything possible to work out arrangements to where their clients can obtain a quicker termination of marriage through dissolution, but sometimes by the very nature of the situation you may have to convert your dissolution into a divorce (which usually takes longer).
When there is a dissolution, there are not as many motions and hearings. Accordingly, there are usually less attorney fees. However, this is not always the case because some dissolutions will involve more things to account for than perhaps, a simpler no asset divorce. The expense depends on a number of factors, and so each situation is unique, but in a general sense, for a lot of people, dissolutions are cheaper than divorces. The attorneys at Harris & Engler strive to keep things as reasonable as possible for their clients during a divorce or dissolution.