Information About Divorce, Dissolution and Domestic Issues in Stark County, Ohio

Stark County Ohio Family Court Domestic Relations DivisionEvery day, spouses make the decision to separate or divorce.  In most cases, the decision is usually in the best interests of both parties.  If children are part of the equation, parties to a divorce will have to deal with child custody issues, visitation rights and child support.  These issues are often difficult for both the separating parents, as well as the children.  Here in Ohio, the domestic relations team at Slater and Zurz, L.L.P.  works to make the process as simple as possible, so your family can move on in life. This article touches on some of the basic nuisances of the divorce process for citizens located in Stark County, Ohio.

First, all domestic cases are filed with the Stark County Family Court, Domestic Relations Division.  The court is located on the 6th floor in the Stark County Office Building at the intersection of Market Avenue and Tuscarawas Street in downtown Canton, Ohio.  The court’s contact information is:

Stark County Family Court, Domestic Relations Division

110 Central Plaza South – Suite 601

Canton, Ohio 44702-1414

Phone: (330) 451-7415

There is public parking in the County Office Building, street parking and several other garages in the Central Plaza area.  The Court hears several different types of cases, including divorce, dissolution, changing custody, visitation, domestic violence and support enforcement.  The court also provides mediation and parenting seminars

The divorce process in Stark County, Ohio begins with the filing of a formal complaint at the 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 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.

If you are going through a divorce and have children, Stark County has specific requirements.  All divorcing parents must attend a court-mandated parenting-education program.  The program is offered by 3 different community agencies, and carries a nominal fee.  The program is offered in both live and online formats – the live class costs $45.00 and the online class costs $39.95.

Although not mandatory, the court also offers mediation programs for parents at most stages of the divorce process.  These programs are in place to help the parents come to agreements on several subjects such as custody and visitation.  The court highly recommends that parties to a divorce attend a mediation program with a trained third party.  In most cases, this allows for a civil discussion of issues and usually results in an agreement, which prevents the case from going before the court.  This saves time and resources for the court, and the parties to the divorce.

For more information and specific forms, go to the Stark County Family Court’s website at http://www.co.stark.oh.us/internet/home.DisplayPage?v_page=FamilyCourt.  There, you’ll find more preliminary information to help you better understand the divorce process.

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

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