Akron Divorce Attorney Eric E. Skidmore
You may be deciding to terminate your marriage and thinking about options. Choosing the right attorney is the most important decision you will make. Whether you pick divorce, dissolution, or legal separation, the divorce attorney Eric E. Skidmore of the Akron law office of Skidmore & Associates is able to assist and guide you. In Ohio, there are primarily three ways to terminate your marriage:
Generally, marriage is a matrimonial contract between spouses created according to ecclesiastic or church law. There is no counter part in church law to terminate the marriage. To terminate a marriage one must rely upon Ohio statutory law (the laws passed by the Ohio legislature) and the Ohio court system. In Ohio, the power to grant a divorce rests with the County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. A divorce is a contested proceeding, where issues of custody, parenting, child support, spousal support, division of debts and assets are determined by a court on a temporary and permanent basis. Akron divorce attorney Eric E. Skidmore initiates and defends spouses in divorce cases in Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit counties.
Dissolution is the termination of a marital contract between spouses, by compromise and agreement. Dissolution is a no-fault termination, where the spouses agree on all issues concerning child support, spousal support, custody, parenting, debt allocation and asset division and incorporating the terms into a separation agreement. The parties usually play a significant role in negotiating and drafting the terms of the separation agreement. The separation agreement is then incorporated into a decree of dissolution. Acrimony is minimized and the process is quicker and less expensive. Akron dissolution lawyer Eric E. Skidmore negotiated and drafts separation agreements and shared parenting plans is dissolution cases in Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit counties.
The process of legal separation does not terminate the marital contract; however, it establishes a process to perpetuate the marriage - the spouses remain married. This is not an option if you desire to terminate the marriage. A couple may desire to continue the marriage to assure that life insurance, annuity , retirement , or payable-on-death benefits are payable to the other spouse as intended. Religious beliefs may be a consideration to choose legal separation rather than a divorce. One may choose legal separation because health care coverage may otherwise be unavailable or cost prohibitive to the other spouse if divorced. Usually the spouses are separated at the time of filing or , if not, would be required to be separate by the final hearing. Issues of child support, spousal support, custody, parenting, debt allocation, and asset division are made by the court on a temporary and permanent basis. Akron attorney Eric E. Skidmore has filed and defended legal separation cases in Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit counties.