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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in Ohio

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Ohio, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Ohio.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Ohio has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Ohio is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Ohio with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.


When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Ohio, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.


Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Ohio is no exception.

To file for divorce in Ohio you must have been a resident of the state for at least 6 months before filing. Additionally you must have been a resident of the particular county in which you plan to file for at least 90 days preceding the filing of the divorce. All members of the armed forces who are residents of the state of Ohio can file for divorce in the state, even if they are stationed outside of Ohio.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Ohio driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Ohio

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Ohio. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.


No-fault reasons for divorce in Ohio include:



Living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a minimum of 1 year; or


Incompatibility of a couple, unless denied by the other spouse.


The reasons for "General" divorce include:






Willful desertion or abandonment for one year;


Cruel and inhuman treatment;




Habitual drunkenness;


A final divorce decree which has been obtained outside the state of Ohio does not release the spouse within the state of Ohio from the marital obligations;





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Custody of the child in Ohio

Custody of the child

Ohio does not require a parenting plan for child custody. Child custody in Ohio is determined and granted to either parent based on:

  • Best interests of the child: when minor children are involved in a divorce, the Ohio courts will do whatever it takes to help lessen the emotional trauma on the children.

The court will make a child custody decision for a divorce in Ohio, based on the following points:

  • The preference of the child, if the child is of sufficient age and capacity;
  • The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;
  • The mental and physical wellness of all individuals involved;
  • The relationship of the child with other family members;
  • Whether one parent has denied visitation to the other parent;
  • Whether either parent has failed to pay child support to any child;
  • Whether either parent lives or intends to live in or out of the state of Ohio;
  • The ability of the parents to work together and make joint decisions;
  • The ability of each parent to encourage and share the love, affection, and contact between the child and the other parent;
  • Any history of domestic abuse or violence by a parent or anyone who is or will be a member of a household where a child would reside, or any instance of parental kidnapping;
  • The location of the parents to each other as it relates to shared parenting;
  • The children’s and parent’s available time;

Rules for child support in Ohio

Ohio has adopted specific state-mandated child support guidelines which apply in almost every case, barring special circumstances. With this, both parties’ gross incomes and certain child related expenses are considered when calculating the child support obligation. In the great majority of cases, child support payments continue until the child reaches eighteen years of age, and can extend until the completion of the child or children’s secondary education.

Either or both parents may pay child support. Marital misconduct is not considered in this award. Health care insurance may be ordered for the child. Child support payments may be paid through the state child support agency. There are official guidelines that are presumed to be correct unless the amount of the support award would be unjust or inappropriate given the circumstances.

Factors which may be considered in adjusting a child support amount are:

  • Special or unusual needs of a child;
  • Obligations for other minor or handicapped children;
  • Other court-ordered payments;
  • Extended visitation or extraordinary costs for visitation;
  • Mandatory wage deductions [including union dues];
  • Disparity in income between the parents’ households;
  • Benefits that either parent receives from remarriage or sharing living expenses with others;
  • The amount of taxes paid by a parent;
  • Significant contributions from a parent [including lessons, sports equipment, or clothing];
  • The financial resources and earning capacity of the child;
  • The standard of living and circumstances of the parents and the standard of living the child would have had if the marriage had not ended in divorce;
  • The physical and emotional conditions that a child may have;
  • The medical and educational requirements of the child;
  • The relative fiscal resources, other assets and resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent;
  • The need and capacity of the child for educational opportunities;
  • The current age of the child;
  • The earning ability of each parent;
  • The responsibility that each parent has for the support of others;
  • The percievedalue of services contributed by the custodial parent; and
  • Any other factor deemed relevant.

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Rules for spousal support in Ohio

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Support may be decided upon by the couple together prior to filing or may be awarded by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or a more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both.

Spousal support is handled case-by-case, and spousal support can be temporary, permanent, or not awarded at all. This is determined by either an agreement between the spouses, or at the court's discretion.

Either spouse may be awarded reasonable spousal support, in lump sum or in periodic payments, based on:

  • Whether the spouse seeking support is the custodian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate for that spouse not to seek outside employment;
  • The earning ability of both spouses;
  • The income of both spouses, including marital property apportioned to each spouse and each spouse’s ability to meet his or her needs independently;
  • The contribution of each spouse to the education, earning ability, and career-building of the other spouse, including the spouse’s contribution to the earning of a professional degree by the other spouse;
  • The current age of the spouses;
  • The physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the spouses;
  • The relative assets and liabilities of the spouses, including any court-ordered payments;
  • The educational level of each spouse at the time of the marriage and at the time the action for support is commenced;
  • The standard of living during the marriage;
  • Any pension or retirement benefits of either spouse;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The tax consequences of the award;
  • The time and expense which was for the spouse who seeks support to earn his or her education, training, or job experience to obtain appropriate employment;
  • The lost income-producing capacity of either spouse resulting from marital responsibilities and any other relevant factor.

Property division in Ohio

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Ohio, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner. Ohio is an “equitable distribution” state and the judge will have full discretion to divide any jointly-owned real estate or personal property in a fair and equal manner. However, he or she does not have the authority to award the wife’s separate property to the husband (whether or not the wife’s separate property was obtained before or after the marriage). Gifts and inheritances are always considered separate property and will not be subject to division unless they have are used for the common benefit of both spouses. The property division is not necessarily exactly equal, but it must be equitable. Marital fault is not to be considered in the division of property. [Ohio Case Law].

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Mediation support in Ohio

By a request of the spouse or at the court’s initiative, the court can and will order the spouses to undergo reconciliation mediation for a period of up to 90 days. The court can assign the procedures and name the mediator. Additionally, the court can require that parents attend mediation sessions on child custody and visitation matters for the betterment of the family environment.

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Ohio

Ohio forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Ohio

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really file for divorce in Ohio without a lawyer?

Ohio laws allow filing for divorce as pro se litigant, i.e., without a lawyer in the courts of the state. This option is just as legitimate as any legally assisted proceeding.
The main stages of a divorce procedure and filing rules, requirements, and deadlines are the same for pro se parties who represent themselves before the court as they are for the spouses hiring a divorce lawyer.

Along with that, it should be noted that an average divorce process involves much more than just some simple paperwork, so the spouses should understand their capacities and abilities before deciding on a do-it-yourself divorce.

Thus, such a DIY divorce is not typically recommended for contested divorces due to their complexity and higher risks, and, for example, in cases with property or child custody disputes.

In contrast, if the spouses do not have minor children, marital property, or they both are ready to negotiate and resolve their disputes out-of-court, they may do so without an attorney. For that, they should be well-aware of Ohio family laws and the local court requirements and take responsibility for the implications of divorce.

As a middle ground between the legally-assisted process and a DIY divorce, the dissolution of marriage in Ohio may be arranged with limited assistance. Such alternative options like counseling, mediation, online divorce, etc. can make an uncontested divorce more straightforward and calm.

How can I file for divorce in Ohio without a lawyer?

First, the spouses have to meet the Ohio residency requirements to apply for divorce within the state.

The spouse who initiates the case (the plaintiff) shall prepare the required legal forms, complete them, and file the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (for an uncontested case) with the Circuit Court. The Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan should also be attached to these initial documents, respectively.
Also, at the moment of filing, the plaintiff shall pay the court filing fee, and the divorce procedure officially starts.

The next step is serving the second spouse with copies of the initial divorce forms, following civil procedures. In Ohio, the serving procedure can be accomplished via certified mail, registered mail, private process service, or sheriff's service.

How much does it cost to get an uncontested divorce in Ohio?

The cost of any divorce in Ohio starts with paying a filing fee, which is mandatory for almost all plaintiffs. All the other expenses are hard to predict since the spouses have broad discretion concerning how to arrange the process and manage costs.

For example, they may hire an attorney even for their uncontested case, resort to divorce mediation or counseling, pay for parenting programs, etc., or pay only for OnlineDivorce.com services to draft their papers.

Some couples may even get free legal advice or refuse any assistance and take all the steps by themselves.

How long do you have to live in Ohio to file for divorce?

For Ohio Domestic Relations Courts to have jurisdiction over a particular case, the parties must meet the state's residency requirements.

The Ohio Code states that in cases of a dissolution of marriage, either spouse must be a resident of the state for at least six months before filing for divorce and a resident of the county of filing for ninety days.

How long do you have to respond to divorce papers in Ohio?

A defendant served with copies of divorce papers has a limited amount of time to file a response.

In Ohio, the defendant has 28 days from the certificate of service to file an answer and/or disagree with the petition's provisions.

If the defendant fails to respond within this term, the court may enter a 'default judgment' without considering the defendant's preferences and claims.

How do you get a free divorce in Ohio?

In theory, free divorce in Ohio is available for those plaintiffs qualified for a court filing fee waiver due to financial hardship.

To request a fee waiver, they have to disclose their financial information and file a Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis and an Affidavit to Proceed In Forma Pauperis with the court.

In all other cases, the court filing fee (about $250 in Ohio) is mandatory. Thus, the cheapest a divorce can be is limited to this cost, but only if the spouses arrange a DIY divorce and do not seek any paid assistance.

What papers do I need to file for a divorce in Ohio?

In Ohio, the initial divorce forms are Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (for uncontested case) or Complaint for Divorce (for contested case), and Summons.

Other divorce forms may include Answer and Counterclaim, Motion for Conversion and Petition for Dissolution and Order, Motion for Conversion and Complaint for Divorce and Order, Separation Agreement, Financial Disclosure Affidavit, Waiver of Legal Representation, Waiver of Service of Summons, Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, Judgment Entry Decree of Divorce.

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