Filing for divorce without children involves a lot of paperwork and takes 4 to 12 months. Getting started can be confusing. This page will help you file the forms you need to get the process started. Learn more about the whole process for a divorce in Ohio.
However, divorce isn’t the only way to end your marriage. If you feel that you and your spouse are able to agree on everything, including how to divide money and debt, think about the pros and cons of a dissolution.
If you’re in an abusive relationship, you should think through the best way to keep yourself safe while filing. Find a lawyer to help you. Learn more about divorce and domestic violence.
Who can file for divorce?
Not everyone can get a divorce in Ohio. To file:
- You or your spouse must have lived in Ohio for at least six months, and in the county where you’re filing for at least 90 days. Learn more about deciding what county to file in.
- If you or your spouse are pregnant, getting a divorce is more complicated. You can start the filing process, but you won't be able to finalize your divorce. As you will likely have a child by the time the divorce is finalized, see filing for divorce with children.
Think through what you need
Before you file, you need to gather information and make some decisions.
Filling out and filing the paperwork
You can use the two Form Assistants on this website to create the forms you need. You need to complete both of them:
You can fill the out the forms right on your phone, but a computer might be easier. Each form takes about a thirty minutes to an hour to fill out if you have all your financial information in front of you. These forms will create a document you can print and turn in to the court. Make sure you have the ability to save, print or email the finished forms.
Once your forms are complete, do not sign them yet. Take them to a notary and sign the forms in front of them. Make copies of the notarized forms, and take them to the Clerk of Court. Ask the clerk to file the forms. The clerk may help you make sure your paperwork is complete, if you ask politely and they have time. They will not be able to help you with the information in the forms.
Also, if you have a low income and can’t afford the filing fee, ask the clerk for a “Poverty Affidavit.” This form asks that you be allowed to file without paying a fee upfront. You may still be responsible for paying the fee at the end of the case.