Divorce, Dissolution and Domestic Relations Matters in Summit County, Ohio

Domestic Relations Courthouse Summit County OhioDivorce is not a pleasant subject.  For a husband and wife who have decided to end a marriage, paperwork and attorneys are probably the last things they want to think about.  Sadly, divorce is becoming a much more common topic among couples in the United States.  Here in Ohio, the domestic relations team at Slater and Zurz LLP works to make the process as painless as possible, so you can move on with your future.

For couples living within the boundaries of Summit County, Ohio, here are some basic facts to help you understand the procedures and terminology of the divorce process.

First, all domestic-related cases are filed with the Summit County Domestic Relations Court.  The court is located in the new addition to the court building, directly next to the old courthouse.  The court’s location and contact information is:

Domestic Relations Court of Summit County, Ohio

205 S. High St.

Akron, Ohio 44308

Phone: (330) 643-2365

The building schematics for the Domestic Relations Courthouse are as follows:

(1). The assignment office and Family Court Services offices are on the second floor;

(2) The magistrate courtrooms are on the third floor;

(3) The judges’ courtrooms are on the fourth floor. 

Although they cannot give legal advice, general inquiries and logistical questions can be directed to Security Bailiff Steve Norman, who is located at the main desk on the third floor.

The divorce process in Summit County, Ohio begins with the filing of a formal complaint at the Summit County courthouse.  In the complaint, you must allege grounds for divorce, such as adultery, habitual drunkenness or abuse.  Then, once properly served with a copy of the complaint, your spouse or the opposing party has 28 days to file an answer to your complaint.

If you have a complaint filed against you, it is important to contact an Ohio domestic relations attorney.  If you do not answer within the given time-frame, or do not answer completely, you run the risk of not being able to contest the specific grounds for divorce.

If the opposing party files an answer to your complaint, your case is considered contested and a status conference should be set within 4 months from the date the opposing party filed their answer.  At the status conference, which is normally only attended by attorneys, you will be expected to present a multitude of paperwork, including affidavits of all your assets and liabilities.  Again, it is highly recommended that you speak with an experienced Summit County, Ohio divorce attorney, as this part of the process can become tedious and specific.  This is especially true if you are dealing with a reasonable amount of assets, or children are a part of the equation.

For more information and specific forms, go to the Summit County Domestic Relations Court’s website at http://www.drcourt.org/.  There, you’ll find more preliminary information to help you better understand the divorce process in Summit County, Ohio. 

For specific legal advice about a divorce or dissolution or to speak to a divorce lawyer experienced in Summit County, Ohio, contact the law offices of Slater and Zurz LLP at 1-800-297-9191.  You can also contact us through our website:  dissolutionanddivorce.com.

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