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Introduction to Legal Separation from Marriage Law in Ohio

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.

Books and Journals Available at the Franklin County Law Library

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.

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.

Guide Author

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Susanna Marlowe
Franklin County Law Library Reference Librarian