There are two primary ways to terminate a marriage, either through divorce proceedings or in a dissolution of marriage proceeding. The two methods have similarities: both are conducted in front of a judge or magistrate in the common pleas court of the county in which they are filed; both can be accomplished with the assistance of a licensed attorney or without representation, or pro se; and both will result in the legal termination of the marriage. The process, however, is very different. A dissolution occurs when the parties are in agreement concerning all aspects of the termination of the marriage. There...
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