Filing for Divorce in Lorain County Ohio

Lorain County Ohio Divorce and Dissolution

If you are planning on filing for a divorce or an action has been filed against you in Lorain County, Ohio, it is crucial that you plan and understand everything dealing with the case.

Domestic Relations Division

In Lorain County, the Domestic Relations Court has jurisdiction over these domestic relations matters:

  • Divorces – Both Contested and Uncontested
  • Marriage Dissolution
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulments
  • Child Custody Cases
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Parenting Time
  • Enforcement Action
  • Child Visitation

The domestic relations lawyers at our law firm have experience representing clients with all of the above listed domestic issues.

Divorce Action Filed Against You

If a divorce case is filed in Lorain County against you, it is recommended that you quickly contact an attorney who has extensive experience handling many domestic relations issues in Lorain County, Ohio.

It’s also important that you file an answer to the divorce complaint. This answer will need to be filed in writing in accordance with the form requirements of the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court. The response must be filed quickly and the requirements for the response can be extensive.

After you file your response, you will need to attend every hearing scheduled by the Court and keep the Court updated at all times with your contact information including your address.

Where To File for Divorce

If you plan on filing for divorce in Lorain County, Ohio, the divorce action needs to be filed at the Clerk of the Common Pleas Court for Lorain County. The Clerk of Courts office is located in the Lorain County Justice Center.

The address of the Lorain County Justice Center and Domestic Relations Court is 225 Court St., Elyria, Ohio 44035. The telephone number for the Court is (440) 329-5277.

What Happens Next

After you file your divorce, your spouse or partner (the person you are divorcing) will have the opportunity to file an answer to your complaint. Your spouse or partner may wish to file a counterclaim also.

Uncontested Divorce

If your spouse or partner files no answer, your case will become an uncontested divorce hearing. You’ll need to appear at the hearing and give your testimony regarding the grounds for the divorce, your assets and debts, and the needs of any children. The assets and debts will be divided as you requested. If you and your spouse or partner have a separation agreement, the Court can divide your assets based on the terms of the agreement.

Contested Divorce

If your spouse or partner files an answer, this is a contested divorce. You and your spouse or partner are not able to agree on how liabilities or parental rights and responsibilities are to be divided. The Court will then conduct a hearing and take evidence to decide the outcome.

Checklist of Items for Filing a Divorce in Lorain County

The following items may be required for both a divorce with children and without children in Lorain County, Ohio:

Divorce With Children

  1. New Case Designation Forms
  2. Complaint for Divorce with Children
  3. Affidavit of Income and Expenses
  4. Child Support Worksheet (Completed Correctly)
  5. Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Order
  6. Request for Service
  7. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit
  8. Application for Child Support Service
  9. Judgement Entry of Divorce with Children
  10. Affidavit of Property
  11. Health Insurance Affidavit

Divorce Without Children

  1. New Case Designation Form
  2. Complaint for Divorce
  3. Affidavit of Income and Expense
  4. Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Orders
  5. Request for Services
  6. Affidavit of Property

The above checklist items for both a divorce with children and without are listed for example purposes only. Pleadings and filings in Lorain County Domestic Court may require different things depending on the unique issues associated with a specific divorce case.

Dissolution in Lorain County

A dissolution allows partners to terminate marriages without stating any reasons why they wish to end their marriage. You and your spouse or partner must file a written contract that divides all of your assets and debts. This contract is called a separation agreement. The separation agreement needs to address all of your assets, debt and the custody, control and support of any children of the marriage.

Your dissolution case will then be scheduled for hearing after the case for dissolution is filed. Both spouses or partners need to be be present for this hearing.

Checklist of Items for Filing a Dissolution

The following are items that may be required for both a dissolution with children and without children in Lorain County:

Dissolution With Children

  1. New Case Designation Forms
  2. Petition for Dissolution
  3. Waiver of Service of Summons
  4. Affidavit of Income and Expenses
  5. Separation Agreement
  6. Shared Parenting Plan
  7. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit
  8. Child Support Worksheet
  9. Affidavit of Property
  10. Application for Child Support Services
  11. Health Insurance Affidavit
  12. Judgment Entry of Dissolution of Marriage

Dissolution Without Children

  1. New Case Designation Forms
  2. Petition for Dissolution
  3. Affidavit of Income and Expenses
  4. Separation Agreement
  5. Affidavit of Property
  6. Judgment of Entry of Dissolution of Marriage


Help with a Lorain County Divorce

Lorain County Ohio Divorce LawyersThe domestic relations attorneys at Slater & Zurz have significant experience handling divorces and dissolution in Lorain County, Ohio.

Feel free to contact us to talk about your 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.

For additional information about filing for divorce in Lorain County, Ohio, please visit the following link: Lorain County Domestic Relations Court

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