What Is the Difference Between Separation and Dissolution?

While a separation may be temporary, a dissolution is permanent.

You’re considering splitting up from your spouse, but you’re wondering how you should go about it. What’s going to be the simplest solution? After all, this is already an emotionally draining situation, and you don’t want to drag it out and put your family through turmoil for months or years on end.

By finding out the difference between separation and dissolution, you can determine which one is right for you.

What Is a Separation?

You might be on the fence about whether or not you want to divorce, and by trying out splitting up temporarily, you’ll be able to have the time and space to decide if this is what you really want to do. You can informally separate from your spouse, perhaps by renting your own place and not seeing them every day. Or, in Ohio, you can pursue a legal separation, where you are not legally divorced and you cannot remarry, but you can separate and address things like child custody, debt payments, and the division of property. You do not have to go through a legal separation in order to get divorced or file for dissolution.

What Is a Dissolution?

A dissolution is essentially a no-fault divorce, where both spouses can be free of fault in order to not be married anymore. Unlike separation, it is permanent. You and your spouse will have to agree on issues like property division and child custody before going to court to dissolve your marriage.

Calling Richard P. Arthur for Divorce Assistance

Richard P. Arthur, Attorney at Law, can help you with your separation, dissolution, or divorce in Ohio. 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.