A dissolution in Ohio is a request by both parties that the court terminate the marriage. In order to file a dissolution, both parties must sign a separation agreement, which provides for custody, parenting time, child support, alimony(spousal support) and the division of property. Also, at least one party must have been a resident of Ohio for the six months prior to filing. In trying to negotiate a separation agreement, parties may each hire an attorney to collaborate with each other and the parties to help achieve a settlement. One attorney cannot represent both parties.
Before the dissolution is granted, the judge will ask the parties if they willingly and voluntarily agree to end the marriage and accept the separation agreement. If the judge grants the dissolution, the separation agreement become a final court order.