To file for divorce in Ohio you must file a complaint with the Court of Common Pleas. You must have been a resident of Ohio for at least six months before filing for divorce. The court can also grant a divorce if your spouse files for divorce, and he or she has been a resident of Ohio for at least six months.
Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3105 defines the reasons for which a divorce can be granted. The reasons are:
- Either party was already married at the time your marriage was legalized
- Abandonment by the other party for a year or more
- Extreme cruelty
- Fraudulent marriage contract
- Gross neglect of duty
- Habitual drunkenness
- Imprisonment in a state of federal correctional institution
- If one party obtains a divorce outside of Ohio
- Separation without interruption for one year
- Incompatibility (must be mutually agreed upon)
To file for divorce with children, you will need the following Ohio divorce forms:
To file for divorce without children, you will need the following Ohio divorce forms:
Other forms are available from the court and may be required to continue or finalize your case.
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