If you need to contact an advocate immediately, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 800.799.7233, or go to www.thehotline.org.
Informational Pages on Family Law Issues
• Information on Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking Petitions
This page has information on domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking petitions.
• Information on Family Law Issues for Unmarried Partners
This page has information on the rights of partners who are not married.
• Information on Visitation, Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support
This page has information on the rights of parents for visitation, custody, parenting time, and child support.
• Information on Filing for a Divorce
This page has videos that walks you through completing divorce forms on your own.
This page has information and forms for grandparents and kinship caregivers who want to seek custody or visitation of their grandchildren/other minor children. It also includes packets to ask for a power of attorney over a grandchild.
Where do I file?
Divorce: You can file for a divorce in Ohio once you have lived in the state for 6 months. You will file your divorce packet in the county where you have lived for 90 days OR where the other party has lived for 90 days. Any post-divorce matters must be filed in the court that granted your divorce.
- If you are married, you will file any original action regarding parental rights and responsibilities in the Court of Common Pleas, general division or domestic relations division, where the child is found or last known to be. If there has already been a case filed regarding this child, you must file in that court.
- If you are not married, you will file any original action regarding parental rights and responsibilities in the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, where the child is found or last known to be. If there has already been a case filed regarding this child you must file in that court.
Supreme Court Forms Packets
If you follow the instructions and complete the forms but the court will not allow you to file them, call us at 614-824-2503.
- Dissolution without children
- Dissolution with children
- Divorce without children
- Divorce with children
- Divorce Answer without children
- Divorce Answer with children
- Complaint for Parentage, Allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (custody), and parenting time (visitation)
- Motion for Change of Parental Rights and Responsibilities
- Defend Against A Complaint for Custody or Motion to Modify Custody
- Motion for Change of Parenting Time
- Motion for change of child support, medical support, tax exemption, or other child-related expenses
- Motion for contempt
Forms for if you reach an agreement
- Separation Agreement
- Shared Parenting Plan with parenting time schedule Form
- Parenting Plan with parenting time schedule Form
- Parenting Plan Entry
- Motion for appointment of Guardian Ad Litem
- Motion to interview child in chambers
- Notice of Intent to Relocate
- Subpoenaing a Witness to Court
- Service by Posting and Mail
In addition to the Supreme Court form packets given above, your local county court may have additional forms that must be filed. We are currently compiling information about which counties require certain forms. Please check back soon.
Adams County Domestic Relations
Adams County Juvenile Court
Athens County Domestic Relations Court
Guernsey County Domestic Relations Court
Holmes County Domestic Relations Court
Monroe County Domestic Relations
Noble County Domestic Relations
Scioto County Domestic Relations
Scioto County Juvenile Court
Tuscarawas County Domestic Relations Court
Washington County Domestic Relations
Need help drafting document needed to divide a retirement of pension plan – call Mid-America Pension Rights Project at 513-345-4160
Unmarried Partners Manual
Planning for Parenting Time Guide – Ohio Supreme Court
Ohio Legal Help
Ohio Child Support Calculator
Click the link below to request services online or call our office that serves the county where you live. Briefly tell the secretary what the problem is. If you’ve received any papers from the court, you should have them handy so you can read from them.
If you are a resident of Carroll, Fayette, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, or Vinton County and have a child in your care and need custody by either by filing for divorce or filing for custody, you may be eligible for additional help through our Civil Justice Project. Contact our Intake line and mention the “Civil Justice Project” or apply online and check the box for the “Civil Justice Project.”
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