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Unlike in some other other states, Ohio does not require that couples obtain a legal separation before getting a divorce. However, legal separation is an option if neither party desires to remarry. This guide deals with the process of getting a legal separation, meaning one of the spouses files a Complaint for Legal Separation with the local Domestic Relations Court. Ohio Revised Code Section 3103.06 also provides that a couple may make a contract between themselves agreeing to an immediate separation and make provisions for the support of either of them and their children during the separation.
This page provides library resources and links to Ohio laws about legally separating from your spouse. Please refer to the Legal Separation without Children and the Legal Separation with Children tabs of this guide for legal forms for obtaining a legal separation.
Please refer to the Ohio Dissolution of Marriage guide on this website for forms and information about obtaining a dissolution and the Ohio Divorce Law guide for forms and information about filing for divorce.
Attorneys with a Franklin County Law Library card may check out these books. Other members of the public may use them in the Franklin County Law Library. The Library maintains the current edition of each of these books, unless otherwise noted.
Anderson's Ohio Family Law by
Call Number: KFO 94 .A95
Also available as an ebook for attorneys with Franklin County Law Library cards. See the ebooks guide on this website for information on checking out electronic books through Overdrive.
Baldwin's Ohio Domestic Relations Law by
Call Number: KFO 94 .S67
Baldwin's Ohio Practice Series
Child Custody & Visitation: Law and Practice by
Call Number: KF 547 .M2
Complete QDRO Handbook: Dividing ERISA, Military, and Civil Service Pensions and Collection Child Support from Employee Benefit Plans by
Call Number: KF 532.7 .C37
Publication Date: 2014
Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio by
Call Number: KFO 94 .A15 D64
Publication Date: v.1-current
Family Law and Practice by
Call Number: KF 505 .F34
Family Law Checklists by
Call Number: KF 505 .C76 2003
Publication Date: 2017 pocket parts
Current version available from Westlaw on the Franklin County Law Library's public computers.
Introduction to Domestic Relations Practice by
Call Number: KFO 100 .I6
Ohio Domestic Relations Practice Manual by
Call Number: KFO 94 .H68
Ohio Family Law Handbook by
Call Number: KFO 94 .A3
Ohio Family Law Institute by
Call Number: KFO 100 .A75 A39
Psychological Experts in Divorce Actions by
Call Number: KF 8965 .A93 2005
Publication Date: 2006 Supp.
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders by
Call Number: KF 532.7 .Q81
Qualified Domestic Relations Order Handbook by
Call Number: KF 532.7 .S58 2006
Understanding QDRO's; and Divorce and Tax: A Practical Approach by
Call Number: KFO 100 .U53
Publication Date: 2009
Valuation of Divorce Assets by
Call Number: KF 524 .G63 2005
Current also version available on Westlaw on the Franklin County Law Library public computers.