Marriage Dissolution

Looking for an Alternative to Divorce?

If you are looking to end your marriage as quickly and easily as possible so that you can get on with your life without having to endure a long, drawn-out divorce, you may want to consider the marriage dissolution procedure that is available under Ohio law.

At the law firm of Plymale & Dingus in Columbus, our attorneys have guided many clients through the dissolution process. Contact us today for a free phone consultation to discuss your options.

Simplifying the Process of Ending a Marriage

If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement on every aspect of the terms of your separation, dissolution will likely be your best option for terminating your marriage. Dissolution has several advantages over divorce. First and foremost, dissolution is almost always a faster process and a less expensive alternative to a contested divorce action. It is also possible in a dissolution case to avoid going to court and reviewing the details of your marriage and personal business in public.

With the agreement of both parties, we have the ability to hold private judge hearings in the comfort of our own conference room. These hearings can be held on your own schedule without the long waits associated with court. Many of our clients greatly appreciate this option and find that the benefits of such an alternative greatly outweigh the costs.

Advising You on the Details of Your Dissolution Agreement

If you and your spouse agree that you want to break up but have not yet discussed details, it may still be possible to file a dissolution action. Our firm can only represent one of you, but the advice we give you may help you come together with your spouse on the details.

Before your marriage can be dissolved, you will need to reach an agreement on issues that may involve the division of property, custody, and visitation arrangements for minor children, including shared parenting plans and child and spousal support.

Understanding what the law is and what is likely to happen in the case of divorce often helps people achieve fair and reasonable separation agreements in dissolution actions. Contact us to learn more about what the lawyers at our firm can do to help you terminate your marriage by dissolution.

Property, Businesses & Retirement in Dissolution

Determining How to Divide Marital Property

Saying you are prepared to divide everything equally during the dissolution of your marriage is a positive step, but actually dividing your marital assets can be another matter entirely.

At Plymale & Dingus, our experienced family law attorneys have guided many clients through the property division process in dissolution actions. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free phone consultation.

Understanding the Complexities Affecting Dissolution Settlements

Before filing for dissolution, you will need to come to a final property settlement with your spouse. You may have an agreement in principle to divide everything equally, but the details can be complicated. We are experienced at helping clients divide assets such as:

Real Estate: If you would like to retain the marital residence, you may need to refinance any liens on the property. If you want to sell the home but are currently upside-down on your mortgage, you may need to explore a short sale or consider a deed in lieu of foreclosure.

Retirement Accounts: Many people’s pension plans, 401(k) accounts, IRAs, and other retirement accounts are their most significant assets. Dividing retirement accounts may require a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).

Business Interests: If selling a family-owned business or a share of a closely held business is not an option, we may need to conduct a business valuation and then distribute the business income through an installment settlement or through spousal support.

Investment Accounts: While shares in a publicly held company are typically easy to value and divide, investments in privately traded companies and funds may require more sophisticated approaches.

With the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, it should be possible to prepare a settlement agreement that both of you can agree on so that you can move forward with the dissolution process.

Seeking Creative Solutions to Asset Division Issues

Our attorneys have the experience and creativity to seek solutions to challenges in the division of property, businesses, and retirement accounts. We have helped many clients achieve fair, beneficial dissolution settlements through our skilled counsel.

If the issues are complex enough, each spouse may want to hire a separate lawyer. This will not interfere with the dissolution as long as the issues are settled before filing.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you achieve an appropriate division of marital assets between you and your spouse.