If I refuse to agree to the terms being proposed in a legal separation can I still be required to be 'judged' and forced to pay alimony and cs per state guidelines? it was not my wish to be separated but my wife wants it; can I still be liable for all legal ramifications? Can I force for further counseling first, thinking that all options for reconciliation have not been exhausted?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
If you refuse, your wife can file a legal action for a separation and the court will proceed to determine the issues of property division, if requested, and support. In that action, you can seek conciliation however judges are loath to order that step if one party does not wish it. In the separation, you can seek allocation of parental rights that can include custody, either shared or sole. The fact of the matter is that courts in Ohio will generally not force a spouse to remain married when that spouse wants out of the marriage.
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