Divorce in Mahoning County Ohio

Mahoning County Ohio Divorce and DissolutionIf you are planning on filing for a divorce or dissolution or an action has been filed against you in Mahoning County, it is important for you to plan and know what to expect. Here’s a brief overview:

Domestic Relations Division

In Mahoning County, Ohio the Domestic Relations Court has jurisdiction over the following domestic relations related matters:

  • Divorces – Both Contested and Uncontested
  • Marriage Dissolutions
  • Legal Separations
  • Annulments
  • Child Custody
  • Enforcement Actions
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Visitation

The domestic relations attorneys at our law firm have extensive experience in Mahoning County, Ohio representing clients with all of the above listed domestic relations issues.

Divorce Action Filed Against You

If a divorce action is filed in Mahoning County against you, it’s highly recommended that you immediately contact an attorney who has extensive experience handling a variety of domestic relations issues in Mahoning County, Ohio. The attorneys at our law firm have this experience.

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

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 and Where It Will Take Place

If you plan on filing for divorce in Mahoning County, Ohio, the divorce action needs to be filed at the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts office.

The conferences, hearings, and meetings associated with a divorce in Mahoning County will take place in the Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court. The Court is located at 120 Market Street in Youngstown, Ohio.  The telephone number for the Court is (330) 740-2208. The Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

What Happens Next

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

Uncontested Divorce

If your spouse or partner (the person you are divorcing) files no answer, your case will be set for an uncontested divorce hearing. You will need to appear at the hearing and give testimony regarding the grounds for the divorce, your assets and debts, and the needs of minor children, if any. Generally, the assets and debts will be divided as you requested provided the division is fair and equitable based on the evidence presented to the Court. If you and your spouse or partner have a valid separation agreement, the Court can divide your assets and debts according to the terms of the separation agreement.

Contested Divorce

If your spouse or partner (the person you are divorcing) files an answer, it is considered to be a contested divorce. In other words, you and your spouse or partner are not able to agree on how assets and liabilities and/or your parental rights and responsibilities are to be divided and shared. The Court will need to conduct a hearing and take evidence to decide issues. This can be a time consuming process.

Checklist of Items for Filing a Divorce

The following lists forms that must accompany a Complaint, Answer or Counterclaim for a divorce or legal separation with children and without children in Mahoning County, Ohio:

Divorce With Children

1. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit (Uniform DR Form 3 – Only required if there are minor children involved)

2. Affidavit of Income and Expenses (Uniform DR Form 1)

3. Affidavit of Property (Uniform DR Form 2)

4. Health Insurance Affidavit (Uniform DR Form 4)

5. Mutual Restraining Order

6. Mandatory Discovery Order

7. IV-D Application for Child Support Services

8. Family Information Sheet

9. Motion and Affidavit or Counter Affidavit for Temporary Orders Without Oral Hearing (Only required if temporary orders are being requested)

Divorce Without Children

1. Affidavit of Income and Expenses (Uniform DR Form 1)

2. Affidavit of Property (Uniform DR Form 2)

3. Mutual Restraining Order

4. Mandatory Discovery Order

5. Family Information Sheet

6. Motion and Affidavit or Counter Affidavit for Temporary Orders Without Oral Hearing (Uniform DR Form 5 – Only required if temporary orders are being requested)

The above items for both a divorce with children and without children are listed for example purposes only. There may be other documents, pleadings and filings the Mahoning County Domestic Court may require depending on the unique factors associated with each specific divorce case.

Dissolution

A dissolution allows spouses and partners to terminate marriages by agreement without stating any reasons why they wish to end their marriages. To obtain a dissolution, you and your spouse or partner must enter into a written contract that divides all of your assets and debts and, if there are children, the agreement must allocate parental rights and responsibilities. This written contract is called a separation agreement. The separation agreement must address all of your assets, debts and the care, custody, control and support of any minor children of the marriage.

Your dissolution case will be scheduled for hearing after the petition for dissolution is filed. Both spouses or partners must be present for the hearing.

Checklist of Items for Filing a Dissolution

The following lists items that must accompany a petition for dissolution with children and without children in Mahoning County, Ohio:

1. Separation Agreement (attached to Petition) signed by both parties

2. Waiver of Service of Summons signed by both parties

3. Affidavit of Legal Counsel signed by unrepresented party

4. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit (Uniform DR Form 3 – Only required if there are minor children involved)

5. Affidavit of Income and Expenses (Uniform DR Form 1)

6. Affidavit of Property (Uniform DR Form 2)

7. Health Insurance Affidavit (Uniform DR Form 4)

8. IV-D Application for Child Support Services

9. Family Information Sheet

The above items for both a dissolution with children and without children are listed for example purposes only. There may be other documents, pleadings and filings the Mahoning County Domestic Court may require depending on the unique issues associated with a specific dissolution case.

Help with a Mahoning County Divorce

Mahoning County Ohio Divorce AttorneysThe domestic relations lawyers at our law firm have significant experience handling divorces and dissolutions in Mahoning County, Ohio.

Please contact us to talk about your divorce by calling 1-888-534-4850, 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 or any other city, town or village located within Mahoning County, Ohio, we have the experience with the Mahoning County Domestic Court System that’s needed.

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

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