The Key Differences Between Dissolution and Divorce

A dissolution is quicker and doesn’t require fault, as opposed to a traditional divorce.

Right now, you’re considering splitting up with your spouse. However, before you go through with anything, you want to know what types of options you have.

Here is some more information on dissolution and divorce so you can decide which one is right for you.

Finding Fault

The main difference between a dissolution and a divorce is that the dissolution of a marriage does not require a spouse to claim the other person was at fault. It’s considered a no-fault divorce.

For instance, let’s say you and your spouse always had a good relationship, but you simply fell out of love and want to pursue other people. You could file for a dissolution instead of a divorce. But if there is fault — for example, one spouse hid assets from the other or had an extramarital relationship — then you would have to file for a divorce.

Deciding on the Major Issues

Before filing for a dissolution, you and your spouse will need to work out an agreement on the major issues like child support, visitation, how you’re going to pay your debts, and how you’re going to divide your assets. Once you have an agreement in place and file for dissolution, then within 30 to 90 days you’ll have a hearing.

When you’re getting a divorce, you don’t need to decide on the major issues beforehand. Typically, a divorce will take much longer than a dissolution. It could last several months or even years depending on how complicated it is.

Whether you’re getting a dissolution or a divorce, it’s critical to hire a divorce attorney so that you have representation on your side.

Calling Richard P. Arthur for Divorce Help

Richard P. Arthur, Attorney at Law, can help you with your dissolution or divorce process. You can call 937-254-3738 for a consultation. He has nearly three decades of experience assisting clients in Dayton and Trotwood, as well as Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, and Warren counties.