Ohio Simplified Divorce Procedures

Both spouses may jointly file a petition for dissolution of marriage. The petition must: (1) be signed by both spouses and (2) have attached to it a separation agreement which provides for: [a] division of property; [b] spousal support (including, if the spouses desire, the authorization of the court to modify any spousal support terms); and [c] custody, visitation, and child support, if there are any minor children. The spouses may include a parenting plan in the agreement. Between 30 and 90 days after filing such a petition, both spouses must appear in court and state under oath that he or she: (1) voluntarily signed the agreement; (2) is satisfied with the agreement; and (3) seeks dissolution of the marriage. In addition, settlement agreements are also authorized by statute and may be used in a divorce proceeding. A sample divorce complaint form is contained in Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, Appendix of Forms, Form #20. In addition, separation agreements are specifically authorized. Finally, there may be local court rules which apply to divorce proceedings in Ohio. [Ohio Revised Code Annotated; Sections 3105.03, 3105.10, and 3105.61-65 and Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure; Appendix of Forms].

Each state has its own unique filing procedure. When filing for divorce in Ohio, you must adhere to the strict filing guidelines and prepare and submit the appropriate mandatory divorce documents to the county court. You can visit the Ohio state statutes located at: to learn more about these documents. You will discover that some documents may be provided by the Ohio Legal System and others must be constructed on a case-by-case basis containing certain information and criteria to adhere to the Ohio Laws and the filing requirements.