An Ohio marriage has a 50/50 chance of ending in divorce. Upon filing for divorce, the court may order the couple to see a marriage counselor or therapist. Couples with children may have to see a family therapist.
As seen on LAWriter, the Ohio code 3105.091 discusses conciliation procedures. The court can issue a couple to undergo conciliation 30 days after receiving the paperwork for divorce. The court of common pleas determines the period of time a couple or family undergoes therapy.
The therapist or counselor may be court appointed. Failure to comply with the counseling could result in a delayed divorce hearing. The court will not make a decision on the divorce until the couple meets the requirements of the conciliation.
Psychology Today states that even small amounts of therapy can result in improvements in most relationships. One way to maximize the amount of time in therapy is to have an agenda with you. The therapist is neither a judge nor a mediator but can help the couple learn necessary problem-solving skills.
Therapy is often seen as a safe place to discuss contentious topics. During the process of divorce, therapy may help the couple resolve their disputes completely or lessen the amount of time fighting in court once the divorce proceeds.
Even if the couple does not reconcile, the counseling can have a positive impact on the future relationship especially if there are children. Family counseling can help parents better understand the impacts of marriage dissolution on the children. Parents may be better able to work together in the best interests of their children as a result.