Domestic Violence & Family Issues

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.

Information on Dividing Assets in a Divorce and Spousal Support

This page has information on how the court will divide real estate and pensions, grant spousal support, and temporary orders.

Grandparent and Kinship Caregivers (non-parents)

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.

Court Forms

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.

Custody:

• 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.

Will SEOLS represent me if I use these forms?

The forms on this website are for you to use to file on your own behalf. You will complete these documents on your own, file them, and represent yourself. By providing these forms, SEOLS and the attorneys who are on its staff have NOT agreed to represent you and will not be available to answer your questions regarding these forms. If you need an attorney, please call your local SEOLS office for an intake to determine if you are eligible for our services. If you are not, most of our counties have a local clinic where you can receive legal information or legal advice about these forms from a SEOLS Staff Attorney of a Volunteer Attorney and our intake specialist will provide you with this information.

What do I do when I am finished filling out the packet of forms?

Make sure all documents are signed where required and notarized if required. When you are finished filling out your packet, you are ready to file your forms with the Clerk of Courts at your local Court of Common Pleas. You should bring copies when you file (one for each party of the case, including yourself), or the Clerk may charge you for making copies. You should keep a copy of everything you file, and everything your spouse files.

Supreme Court Forms Packets

Choose one of the packets below that fits your legal need.  In addition to his packet, you may need to file additional Local Forms.  CHECK BELOW under “Local Forms” for any additional forms your county may require.

 

Forms for if you reach an agreement

Miscellaneous Forms

Local Forms

Once you have chosen a packet from the Supreme Court Forms section above, check the below list to see if your local county court has additional forms that must be filed.  If your county is listed below, please click on the link for your additional forms. 

NOTE:  This packet of local forms does not include everything you need to file.  You MUST also choose a packet under Supreme Court Forms packets that fits your legal need. 

Adams County Domestic Relations

Adams County Juvenile Court

Athens County Domestic Relations Court

Delaware County Domestic Relations Court

Delaware County Juvenile Court

Guernsey County Domestic Relations Court

Holmes County Domestic Relations Court

Marion County Domestic Relations Court

Marion County Juvenile Court

Monroe County Domestic Relations Court

Morrow County Domestic Relations Court

Morrow County Juvenile Court

Noble County Domestic Relations Court

Scioto County Domestic Relations Court

Scioto County Juvenile Court

Tuscarawas County Domestic Relations Court

Union County Domestic Relations Court

Union County Juvenile Court

Washington County Domestic Relations Court

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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

 

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