What if conciliation is ordered in an Ohio divorce case?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2021 | Divorce |

In Ohio, some divorce cases are more complex than others. For example, one spouse might want to divorce while the other believes the marriage can be salvaged. Even the court could assess the situation and determine that the marriage has a chance to be saved. It might refuse to immediately move forward with the dissolution. In these cases, it is possible that conciliation will be part of the process. This can be from the perspective of the person asking for the divorce, the person who does not want to end the marriage and wants to have counseling, or the court ordering the parties to take part in conciliation. In any case, having professional assistance may be imperative.

Understanding the law for conciliation

When a couple files for divorce, to annul a marriage or to legally separate or after the filing has been made, one of the parties can request or the court can order conciliation. Thirty days must first pass before this can happen. The length of time for which conciliation will occur is limited to 90 days. If the couple has children, the court can also order family counseling while the case is in progress or for as long as the court deems reasonable.

There will be a specific procedure for the conciliation and the person overseeing the conciliation – the conciliator – will be named. The conciliator could range from religious authorities, psychologists, physicians, experts in marital counseling and others. The court can determine the duration of time for which the counseling will take place and lay out other conditions. The court will also state who will pay for the counseling. If conciliation is ordered, then the case cannot proceed until it is complete and the court has received the report and its conclusions.

Navigating the complexities of divorce may require professional advice

For couples who are in the middle of an unhappy and failing marriage, divorce might seem to be the only alternative. Still, in some cases, it is not as simple as serving divorce papers on the other party. The other spouse might protest and even court has a say as to whether it can move forward immediately or conciliation might be effective. Having help with the complicated prospect of divorce also includes considering the possibility of conciliation proceedings. For any family law issue, it is beneficial to have guidance from the start. Those experienced in family law might be able to help.