Avvo, an online legal services marketplace, estimates that there are two divorces every minute in the United States. In 2011, there were 67,606 divorces in the state of Ohio alone. Though the numbers show that divorces occur all the time, going through one can be an overwhelming and life-altering decision for anyone.

Fault vs. No-Fault Divorces

A no-fault divorce, or a divorce that doesn’t require one spouse to prove marital misconduct from the other, is an option in every state in America. No-fault divorces were first introduced in California in 1970 and slowly passed legislation across the United States over the span of 40 years. While 17 states only offer no-fault divorces, many states give married couples the option of filing for a fault or a no-fault divorce. Ohio is one of those states.

If you and your spouse wish to file a no-fault divorce, you must either:

  • Voluntarily live apart for at least one year
  • Cite mutual incompatibility as the reason for the divorce

A no-fault divorce typically provides a sense of privacy for each spouse since neither one is being blamed for the divorce in a public court. No-fault divorces also tend to be less expensive and take less time since fault does not have to be proven.

Conversely, a fault divorce occurs when one spouse believes the other spouse did something that caused the marriage to fail. According to the Ohio State Bar Association, one of the following scenarios needs to be proven in order to file a fault divorce: 

  • Adultery
  • Willful absence for more than one year
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Gross neglect of duty
  • Fraudulent contract
  • Imprisonment in a state or federal penal institution
  • Procuring a divorce outside Ohio

While a quick read through your options may shed some light on the right path for you and your spouse, don’t feel that you need to make this decision before approaching an attorney. A divorce lawyer can help you weigh the pros and cons of each approach so that you can make big this life decision with confidence.

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Facts and Statistics About Divorce

Many people have heard in recent years that 50% of marriages end in divorce. But did you know that this statistic accounts for first, second, and third marriages? The rate of divorce in first marriages is actually closer to 40%. Here are some other interesting facts about divorce:

  • The divorce rate in the United States is actually decreasing each year. However, the rate of marriages is also decreasing.
  • The divorce rate for first marriages is 41%, the divorce rate for second marriages is 60%, and the divorce rate of third marriages is 73%, explaining why the overall average divorce rate seems so high.
  • Statistically speaking, there’s a 48% change that couples who get married before the age of 18 will get a divorce before they turn 28. Couples who get married after the age of 25 are 24% less likely to get divorced.

Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting, but it’s important to remember that you are not a statistic. You need an attorney who can not only provide the facts on divorce — but can also approach your case in a way that’s specifically tailored to you.

Divorce Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Attorney Sherry Naegele has been practicing law in the state of Ohio since 2000. Her practice encompasses all areas of family law, and her experience and compassion can help you through life’s most difficult situations. Contact her today to get started.