Dissolution

Dissolution of Marriage with Children


Even if you have children, you can still get a Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio, instead of filing for divorce. You and your spouse will reach an agreement, usually with the help of your lawyers, instead of asking a judge to decide the issues. The process is simpler, and normally quicker and less expensive than a contested divorce.

You need an experienced and skilled lawyer to advise you, even when you and your spouse have committed to reach an agreement. The specific terms of the agreement will affect your property, debt, and income for years to come. The lives of your children will be affected.

Your lawyer at Gorman Malarcik Pierce will guide you through the process so that nothing is overlooked, your paperwork is completed properly, and you can move forward, knowing all of the issues have been resolved.

How Does a Dissolution of Marriage Work?


When a couple agrees that it is time to end their marriage and they can reach an agreement on the financial and parenting issues, then a Dissolution of Marriage is a good choice. Once the agreement is complete, they file a copy of it, along with a petition for dissolution of marriage, with the court. There will be a hearing approximately 6 weeks later. At the hearing, the judge will confirm that both spouses are still in agreement. If they are, then marriage will be dissolved and the agreement will be ordered into effect.

The issues that you and your spouse will need to reach agreement on include:

  • Division of assets: bank accounts, retirement accounts, real estate, personal property
  • Division of debts: credit cards, loans, mortgages, taxes
  • Spousal support: how much and how long
  • Business interests: ownership or buyout of family businesses
  • Attorney fees and court costs

When you have children, there will be additional issues to work out, which will be put into a Parenting Plan:

  • Where will the children live?
  • How will time with the children be shared?
  • How will holidays be shared?
  • Who will provide health insurance for them?
  • Who will pay child support and how much?

Why Do I Need an Experienced Family Law Attorney?


A knowledgeable family law attorney will make sure that you get the best possible result and that the documents are properly written to accomplish what you intended. Dividing assets, especially retirement accounts, can be very complex. There are tax issues you must be aware of as you work out an agreement.

The process of negotiating often raises unpleasant feelings, stress, and additional questions. It can be very emotional, even when both spouses are trying to reach an agreement. A skilled attorney can help defuse the emotions that come up while you deal with such important and personal issues.

Your lawyer at Gorman Malarcik Pierce will take the time to counsel you about the issues, the process, and the possible outcomes. We put our years of experience and knowledge to work for you. You will get the best possible result, one that you can be satisfied with, when you have an expert attorney guiding you.

Call the Family Law Attorneys at Gorman Malarcik Pierce Today


Dissolving your marriage is a life-changing event. It will affect your future, and the future of your children, both financially and emotionally. The process will move more quickly and smoothly when you have a skilled lawyer on your side, looking out for your best interests.

Call us today: (330) 253-0785.

Our offices are located in downtown Akron, at 54 East Mill Street. We serve clients in courts throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and the surrounding areas.

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