Filing for Divorce in Wayne County Ohio

Wayne County Ohio Divorce Lawyer

If you’re planning on filing for divorce or a complaint has been opened against you in Wayne County, Ohio, it’s crucial to know what to expect and to plan accordingly.

Domestic Relations Division of Common Pleas Court

In Wayne County, Ohio the Domestic Relations Court is located within the Common Pleas Court and controls the following domestic relations related issues:

  • Divorce
  • Dissolution
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulments
  • Child Custody
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities
  • Child Support
  • Enforcement Action
  • Spousal Support
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Visitations

The domestic relations lawyers at Slater & Zurz have extensive experience in Wayne County, Ohio representing clients with all of the issues listed above.

If a Divorce is Filed Against You

If a divorce complaint is filed in Wayne County against you, it is recommended that you contact an attorney right away who has experience handling a variety of domestic relations issues in your area.

It’s important that you file the correct answer to the divorce complaint from when you were served with a summons. The answer needs to be filed in writing in accordance with form requirements dictated by Wayne County, Ohio. The response should be filed quickly and the requirements for the response can be extensive and detailed.

After you file the response, you’ll need to attend every hearing scheduled by the Court associated with the issue and keep the Court updated with your contact information including your address and phone number.

You Plan on Filing for Divorce

If you plan on filing for divorce in Wayne County, Ohio, the divorce complaint needs to be filed at the Clerk of the Common Pleas Court for Wayne County. The Court of Common Pleas is located on the corner of Liberty and Market streets in downtown Wooster, an area commonly referred to as Public Square. Three hour parking is available on the street and one hour parking is available in a public lot across Liberty street on the east side of the courthouse.

The exact address of the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas is 107 West Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691. The telephone number for the Court is (330) 287-5590.

What Happens When You File a Divorce

After you file for divorce, your spouse or partner will have the opportunity to file an answer to your complaint. In addition to filing the answer, your spouse or partner can file a counterclaim for divorce. A list of what is required for a divorce in Wayne County is provided below.

Uncontested Divorce

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

Contested Divorce

If your spouse or partner files an answer, it’s considered to be a contested divorce. You and your spouse or partner cannot agree on how you will divide assets and liabilities or your parental rights and responsibilities. The Court will conduct a hearing and take evidence to decide one or more issues regarding the relationship.

Wayne County Checklist of Required Filings for Divorce

The following lists the minimum requirements for both a divorce with children and without children in Wayne County, Ohio:

Divorce With Children

1. New Case Designation Forms

2. Complaint for Divorce with Children

3. Affidavit of Income and Expenses

4. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit

5. Child Support Worksheet (Completed Correctly)

6. Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Orders

7. Request for Service

8. Application for Child Support Services

9. Judgement Entry of Divorce with Children

10. Affidavit of Property

Divorce Without Children

1. New Case Designation Forms

2. Complaint for Divorce

3. Affidavit of Income

4. Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Orders

5. Request for Services

6. Affidavit of Property

In addition to the above checklist items for both a divorce with children and without children, there may be other documents, pleadings or filings the Wayne County Domestic Court may require depending on the unique issues associated with a specific case.

Dissolution

Dissolution allows spouses and partners to terminate their marriage without stating any reasons why they wish to terminate their marriage. To obtain a dissolution, you and your spouse must enter into a written contract that divides all of your assets and debts. 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, and support of any children of the marriage.

Your dissolution case will be scheduled for hearing after the petition for dissolution is filed.

Wayne County Checklist of Required Filings for Dissolution

Dissolution With Children

1. New Case Designation Forms

2. Petition for Dissolution and Waiver of Service of Summons

3. Affidavit of Income and Expenses

4. Separation Agreement

5. Shared Parenting Plans

6. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit

7. Child Support Worksheet (Completed Correctly)

8. Affidavit of Property

9. Application for Child Support Services Form

10. Parenting Plans

11. Health Insurance Affidavit

12. Judgment Entry of Dissolution of Marriage

Dissolution Without Children

1. New Case Designation Form

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

There may be other documents and filings the Wayne County Domestic Court may require depending on the unique issues associated with a specific dissolution case.

Help with a Wayne County Divorce

Ohio domestic relations attorneys at Slater & Zurz The domestic relations lawyers at Slater & Zurz have significant experience handling divorces and dissolutions in Wayne County, Ohio.

Please contact us 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 Wayne County, Ohio, please visit the following link: Wayne County Common Pleas Court

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