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Dissolution Lawyers

Hoffman Law has been representing clients in dissolutions since 1984. We have represented thousands of clients to their satisfaction. Although dissolutions involve matters which are agreed upon before court, dissolutions require the counsel of family law attorneys who are experienced in the field and familiar with all of the issues at hand. Attorneys representing clients in dissolutions must be able to negotiate with opposing parties and/or opposing counsel to resolve all issues in the most effective way possible. We put our clients' interests first and will be there each step along the way. In addition to completing dissolutions, our attorneys are experienced trial experts. If your dissolutions become contested, we will be able to confidently represent your interest in court and with opposing counsel. 

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Difference between dissolution and divorce?

Difference between a dissolution and a divorce? A dissolution is an agreed-upon divorce. In order to have a dissolution, both parties must agree upon all issues before coming to court. Once all the issues are agreed upon, attorneys draft the relevant legal documents. The relevant documents for a Columbus dissolution include the following: (1) rule 24 affidavits; (2) petition for dissolution; (3) parenting plan if relevant; (4) separation agreement; (5) waivers of service; and (6) required notices.

Depending on the complexity of the dissolution at issue, these documents may involve prolonged negotiation amongst the parties. In order to proficiently represent a party's interest in a dissolution, both parties should be represented by counsel. Our office is equipped with experienced family law lawyers who have completed hundreds of dissolutions. We know the issues and understand how to resolve these matters in a way that is most beneficial to our clients. Please give us a call if you need help with a dissolution. 

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Understanding the documents to a dissolution

Affidavits: In order to complete a dissolution, both parties are required to fill out and have notarized affidavits that set forth financial information, parenting information, insurance information, and property information, among other personal information. These documents are required by the court to fully disclose each party's position prior to completing the dissolution. Without these affidavits completed, the court will not proceed with the dissolution. 

Petition: The petition is the legal document requesting the court to hear the matter and issue a decree that incorporates the separation agreement and shared parenting plan.  

Waivers of Service: A waiver of service is required to waive each party's obligation to "perfect" service on one another prior to proceeding in court. 

Share Parenting Plan (if applicable):  If children are at issue among the parties, a shared parenting plan is drafted and incorporated into the decree to set forth parenting schedules, child support obligations, and the rights and responsibilities of the parties. 

Separation Agreement: The separation agreement sets forth the separation of assets, liabilities, personal property, spousal support, and other relevant issues if any. 

Decree of Dissolution: The decree incorporates all of the aforementioned agreements and makes them an order of the court. The decree is the document that turns the agreements into court orders enforceable by the court and subject to contempt upon violation.

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Benefits/ disadvantages of a dissolution

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