1. Thou shalt not bring your child to divorce court. The ultimate interest of the divorce court is the best interest of the child.  Unless it is requested by the divorce court, bringing your child to the court with you is not in the best interest of the child.  Children do not need to be…

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Marriages in Ohio can be ended in either a divorce or a dissolution.  A divorce is a contested hearing wherein one spouse alleges that  the other has been “at fault” under one of the statutory grounds for divorce permitted under Ohio law.  According to Ohio law, “fault” grounds include adultery, willful absence for more than…

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If you are seeking a divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, annulment or civil domestic violence protection order in Montgomery County, Ohio your case will be heard in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division. The court is located in the Dayton-Montgomery County Courts Building, second floor, 301 W. Third Street in downtown Dayton. If…

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Let the Divorce Process Begin: The Complaint for Divorce A divorce case is initiated by the filing of a document called the Complaint, which is similar to other complaints filed in other civil matters, requiring certain language and allegations, as well as a specific relief sought, to be stated in the document. Facts must be alleged…

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Not So Common: The Unlikely Ohio Common-Law Marriage A common-law marriage occurs when a man and woman live with each other as husband and wife for a stated amount of time per state statute.  They were widely used during the western expansion, as men and women sometimes were not able to have a ceremony in…

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