No two married relationships in Ohio are the same. Thus, when a couple decides to end their marriage, the divorce process and its result can vary from case-to-case. Each case will involve its own unique set of facts, as well as the reason why the marriage is coming to an end. However, there are many issues that are commonly addressed in most divorce cases that occur in Ohio.
For example, property division can be the most important part of any given divorce case. During a marriage a couple will accumulate assets and debts. In a divorce, these assets and debts will need to be divided among the couple as they move forward with their newly single lives. This part of the case can get contentious, unless the couple focuses on getting a fair result.
Next, many cases will involve claims for alimony, also known as “spousal support” in Ohio. At the heart of a spousal support claim is the stance that the divorce will leave one spouse or the other less well-off, financially speaking, that spouse would have been had the marriage continued. If the judge orders spousal support to be paid, one spouse will make financial payments to the other spouse for a certain amount of time after the marriage has ended.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly for many couples, there are the issues of child custody and support. For most parents, their children are the most important part of their lives. They want to make sure that their children experience the least amount of negative consequences from the divorce, but they are also willing to be aggressive to get the terms they want. Above all other issues, family law courts like to see divorcing couples work out child custody and support issues on their own.