Cavitch Familo & Durkin, Co., L.P.A.

Dissolution vs. Divorce

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Ending a marriage is often times a difficult decision and a dreaded process. Our experienced attorneys can assist you with the stressful emotions, parenting issues, property division and complicated financial arrangements frequently associated with divorce.

The two most often used methods to terminate a marriage are: divorce and dissolution.

1. Divorce

A divorce is an adversarial process and is necessary when you and your spouse disagree as to division of property, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities and/or support. Divorces often take a long time to resolve and can be quite expensive. But our attorneys understand that there situations and circumstances where assets must be protected or issues are worth fighting to protect.

2. Dissolution

A dissolution, on the other hand, requires cooperation and involves a separation where the parties can agree to all aspects of dissolving their marriage, i.e., property division, custody and support. This method of terminating a marriage is quicker and more cost-effective. Our attorneys are skilled in the preparation of the necessary Separation and Property Settlement Agreement, Shared Parenting Plans and all other forms required by the various courts in connection with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

To learn more about the differences between a contested divorce and a dissolution, please contact one of our family law attorneys as soon as possible to find out how they can help.

Our family law attorneys work with our business, financial, tax, estate planning and bankruptcy attorneys to provide our clients with a comprehensive approach to their family law needs. If you have a family law matter, please contact one of our family law attorneys as soon as possible to find out how they can help. The following are other areas of expertise the lawyers at Cavitch bring to every family law case:

Property Division

Ohio utilizes an equitable distribution process to ensure that all of the marital assets and debts are equitably divided between the parties. Equitable does not necessarily mean “even” but, more importantly, “fair.” In other words, when a court seeks to divide the marital estate, it will do what is fair and appropriate; often times this results in an “even” division but sometimes it does not. Read more about property division.

Child Support

Child support is determined using a formula taking into consideration the number of children you have, the income of the parties, the parenting arrangement, medical care costs, daycare costs, who receives the tax dependency exemption(s) and various other factors. Read more about child support.

Spousal Support

Spousal support is left within the discretion of the particular judge assigned to your case. Read more about spousal support.


Our attorneys can assist with domestic relations and juvenile court related support modification issues. Read more about modifications.

Child Custody, Visitation and Shared Parenting Plans

When making a custody determination, a court will review and consider a variety of factors and make its determination based on the best interests of the child(ren). Our attorneys will fight to protect your parental rights. Read more about child custody, visitation and shared parenting plans.

Guardian ad Litem

Our attorneys are experienced at selecting and working with Guardian ad Litems to aid the parents and the court in making custodial and visitation determinations. Read more about Guardian ad Litem.

Domestic Violence

If you or a family member has been assaulted or harassed by a present or former household member, our family law attorneys will take action and protect your family. Our attorneys will be there for you at every step, as you engage in one of the most difficult times of your life. Read more about domestic violence.

Parental Relocation

Whether you are the relocating parent or you want to dispute the relocation of the other parent, our family law attorneys are familiar with the laws surrounding parental relocation and out-of-state parenting issues. Read more about parental relocation.

Enforcement of Court Orders

It is important to take legal action to enforce orders of the court and to ensure that you receive the proper support, property, or parenting time. Read more about enforcement of court orders.

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two parties in contemplation of marriage. These agreements usually address property issues in the event of a divorce, dissolution or death. Read more about prenuptial agreements.