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Understanding Ohio's Family Law Court System

Generally speaking, the term "family law" refers to all family matters that would be heard before an Ohio common pleas court. There are three divisions of an Ohio common pleas court which hear family law matters: domestic relations, juvenile, and probate. Sometimes family law matters are combined and one division possesses jurisdiction over multiple matters, such as a division which combines juvenile and probate matters. When you find yourself facing family law matters of any kind, our compassionate divorce lawyer in Dayton can help.

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Ohio Domestic Relations Court

This particular Ohio common pleas court division hears actions for divorce, dissolution, legal separation and annulment. It also oversees post-decree actions regarding the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities of minor children such as child custody and child support.

Ohio Juvenile Court

Similar to the Ohio Domestic Relations Court, the Ohio Juvenile Court division also hears actions regarding the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities — but for minor children born outside of wedlock, including over paternity matters.

This division also oversees actions where children are alleged to be dependent, neglected or abused.

Ohio Probate Court

The Ohio Probate Court division possesses jurisdiction over marriage licensing, name changes, adoptions, guardianship, and mental health commitments. It also handles estate administration for deceased residents of Ohio.

Get the Knowledgeable Help You Deserve

If you need help resolving a family law matter, reach out to our staff at Hartley Law Office, LLC. We can explain the Ohio court divisions in more detail and the process as it relates to your individual situation.

Our Dayton divorce attorney is here to help you move forward with your life. Call us at (937) 696-7522 to get started.

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