Divorce in Cuyahoga County Ohio

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

If you are contemplating filing a divorce or dissolution in Cuyahoga County Ohio, it is important to plan, understand the general procedures, and know what to expect. Here’s a brief overview:

Location of Domestic Relations Court

A divorce complaint must be filed with the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Court’s office located at 1200 Ontario St #1, Cleveland, OH 44113. The Clerk of Court is the official record keeper for Cuyahoga County. Telephone number for the Clerk of Court is 216-443-7950.

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court requires numerous filings depending on whether you are filing for a divorce or dissolution. An outline of what may be required is covered below.

All case management conferences and hearings are held at the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court which is located at 1 W Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113. Court hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the telephone number is 216-443-8800. Public parking is available .

What Happens When You File a Dissolution

If you are filing a dissolution, meaning you and your soon to be ex-spouse are in complete agreement on all marital issues, then you will get a hearing date. At that time you and your spouse will appear in front of a Judge or a Magistrate and finalize your dissolution by disclosing to the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court and your spouse your finances, assets, and liabilities and swearing under penalty of perjury that you have been truthful and honest about your disclosures.

Once the final decree order is filed by the Court, the Clerk of Court’s office will issue certified copies to each spouse to prove your marriage is legally dissolved.

What Happens When You File a Divorce

If you are filing a divorce in Cuyahoga County, you will receive an initial hearing date for temporary orders after filing your divorce.

Temporary Orders hearings in Cuyahoga County are always in front of a Magistrate. At this hearing, a magistrate will determine how bills are to be paid during the pendency of the divorce, whether child and/spousal support is appropriate for either spouse, who is to have custody of children on a temporary basis and whether any visitation with the other parent is appropriate, and any other issues that may be special to your particular situation.

Parties have ten days to object to a Magistrate’s order. If an objection is filed within 10 days the Judge will hear the case anew and a transcript of the previous hearing is required.

You will also receive at the time of filing a date 5 months out setting an uncontested hearing date if no answer has been filed, or a pre-trial if an answer has been filed and your spouse is actively involved in the proceedings.

At an uncontested hearing, you will go before a judge or Magistrate and present evidence as to why you are entitled to the relief you are requesting. If your spouse is participating the proceedings, you and/or your attorney will appear before the judge and discuss the issues that are still contested in your case (i.e. spousal support, custody, division of martial assets, etc.). After the pre-trial, which is usually in front of a Judge, you will obtain a piece of paper setting the issues that need to be addressed for trial. The judge will also decide during the pre-trail hearing, based on communications made by the parties or their respective attorneys, whether or not the next hearing will be a final trial to resolve all matters or another pre-trial. Another pre-trial is often times appropriate if discovery has not yet been completed or the Judge believes the issues can be resolved before trial by mediation or ongoing negotiations.

All divorces in Cuyahoga County are set for trial within one year after they are filed unless good cause can be shown as to why it cannot be set for trial within a years’ time frame. Judges and Magistrates in Cuyahoga County are very expedient in rendering final decisions on any hearing or trial. You can normally expect a Cuyahoga County decision to be handed down within 2-4 weeks after your hearing. This, of course, also depends on the complexity of the case and the length of trial and amount of evidence presented.

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judges and Magistrates

The Judges of the Domestic Relations Court are elected officials, and handle cases relating to divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, annulment, domestic violence and interstate parenting and support. The Administrative Judge is responsible for administration of the Domestic Relations Court and its departments, and has full charge of the employment, assignment, and supervision of court employees.

Magistrates are attorneys appointed by the Administrative Judge to whom cases are referred for disposition. Magistrates’ decisions are subject to review by the judge assigned to the case.

Current judges in the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Include:

  • Judge Rosemary Grdina Gold, Administrative Judge
  • Judge Leslie Ann Celebrezze
  • Judge Diane M. Palos
  • Judge Francine B. Goldberg
  • Judge Tonya R. Jones

Attorneys for a Cuyahoga County Divorce

The domestic relations lawyers at the law firm at Slater & Zurz LLP have significant experience handling divorces and dissolutions in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and are well known by all Judges, Magistrates, and other court staff within the courthouse.

Please contact the law firm of Slater and Zurz LLP to discuss legal representation for your Cuyahoga County Ohio divorce by calling 1-888-774-9265, chatting with one of our live chat operators (available 24/7/365) or send us a website message and we will reply promptly.

If you are a resident of Cleveland, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bedford, Bedford Heights, Berea, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Highland Heights, Independence, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights, Middleburg Heights, North Olmstead, North Royalton, Olmstead Falls, Parma, Parma Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Rocky River, Seven Hills, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, Strongsville, University Heights, Warrensville Heights, Westlake or any other city, town or village located within Cuyahoga County, Ohio, please contact us to discuss the details of your divorce. We have the experience with the Cuyahoga County Domestic Court System that’s needed.

For additional information about Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court rules, procedures and other information, please visit the following link: Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

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