I do not have the money to pay for a lawyer. My ex and I have no assets together and we do not want anything from each other. We just want to be divorced.I do not want anything from him and he doesnt want anything from me. What is the cheapest route to have this completed? We seperated in 2016
It is really very simple. If your husband will cooperate, you can prepare a Separation Agreement that is online in Hamilton COunty, which allows you to fill in the blanks. Your agreement will be quite simple. The court typically requires disclosure of assets, debts, etc, but that can be waived. I believe the Court now has a waiver form for that. There is a Data form that you must fill in and file with the Court. It provides detailed information about the two of you.
You will both waive service of process and sign the Petition for a Dissolution and both will need to sign the Separation Agreement.
Both of you must attend the hearing and testify. The Court will ask all of the required questions. I assume you will want to have your maiden name restored, so be sure to advise the Court that you wish to have your maiden name restored.
You'll need to prepare a Divorce Decree that is also simple and incorporates the Settlement Agreement.
It will take some time to prepare the forms and you have to go to the Divorce Court Clerk's office to file the forms and pay the filing fees. All are available online. They won't let you file them unless everything is there that you need to file. They will let you know what you need to be able to file if you don't have what you need.
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If you and your spouse are truly in agreement regarding all issues relating to termination of your marriage, the cheapest option is to file a joint petition for dissolution. You and your spouse will need to both sign the petition and a separation agreement which addresses all the issues relating to termination of your marriage. You both also may be required to submit forms related to your finances.
Necessary forms can be obtained from the domestic clerk's office in the court that you'll be filing your petition. Typically they will also have someone that can help you fill out the required forms as well. Filing fees and court costs are usually less expensive than in a divorce action.
Most of the counties in Ohio have dissolution forms that you can download, complete and file. If not, the Ohio Supreme Court website also has the forms. If both your husband and you agree, you can file the dissolution by yourself. However, please understand, I highly recommend you speak with an attorney. Most attorneys charge less for a dissolution. It would make things easier.
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