Serving Central Ohio Since 1983

Sound Strategies For Ending A Marriage Via Divorce Or Dissolution

In Ohio, a marriage can be ended one of two ways — divorce or dissolution.

  • A divorce action is a contested matter. It takes the form of a lawsuit in which the two sides address issues they could not resolve on their own, such as division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, custody of children, and visitation rights.
  • A dissolution, by contrast, is an amicable divorce. It is for couples who have executed a written agreement settling all issues of the marriage, including custody of the children, visitation rights, and division of assets and liabilities.

At Mowery Youell & Galeano, Ltd., our family law attorneys have more than 30 years of experience guiding people through divorce and dissolution. Regardless of the path you plan to take to end your marriage, you can be confident that we will protect your interests every step of the way. If you are not certain which path you should take, we can help you determine the process that makes the most sense in your situation.

Call us at 614-467-4923 to get started. From our law office in Dublin, we represent clients throughout the Columbus metro area and central Ohio.

Contested Or Amicable, You Can Benefit From Our 30+ Years Of Experience

Marriage is about relationships. A divorce or dissolution severs one relationship and restructures others. It is painful and difficult, and there are always financial consequences.

As your attorneys, we will do as much as we can to ease you through the transition with compassion and put you in the best possible position afterward. Whether that can be accomplished through skilled negotiation, mediation or collaborative law techniques, or it requires a more aggressive, trial-oriented stance, you can be confident that we are prepared to stand by your side.

Skilled Division Of Marital Assets

There are many financial considerations to keep in mind when proceeding with a divorce or dissolution. In the absence of a valid prenuptial agreement, there are no effective techniques to protect assets acquired during the marriage from division. The practical solution is a negotiated property division settlement. But as in other negotiations, no settlement will result if one party refuses to compromise. In that event, a judge will decide on the division of your marital assets.

Whether the end of your marriage is contested or amicable, our lawyers can help you obtain an equitable outcome. Our lawyers have the experience and analytical skills to oversee the division of complex assets such as small businesses, rental real estate holdings, investment portfolios and more. While our own knowledge of these high-asset divorce and dissolution matters is extensive, we often work with forensic accountants and other experts who can testify regarding accounting and valuation issues.

In addition to property division, there may also be other financial matters to address, including temporary financial support while the divorce is in progress and more long-term alimony.

Putting Children First As A Marriage Ends

We can also help you negotiate a child custody and visitation agreement that is in the best interest of your children. If necessary, we will work with a court-appointed guardian ad litem who will testify about who should have primary custody.

Would you like to know more about divorce and dissolution in Ohio? Please review this extensive map of the processes involved in either divorcing or dissolving a marriage.

Reach Out To A Trusted Attorney To Learn More

To discuss a possible divorce or dissolution of your marriage, reach out to us. You may call us at 614-467-4923, or email us specific questions.