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Ohio Supreme Court Adopts 23 Standard Domestic Relations/Juvenile Forms for Divorces, Dissolutions, Legal Separations and Parenting Plans

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Ohio Supreme Court Adopts 23 Standard Domestic Relations/Juvenile Forms for Divorces, Dissolutions, Legal Separations and Parenting Plans

Ohio Supreme Court Adopts 23 Standard Domestic Relations/Juvenile Forms for Divorces, Dissolutions, Legal Separations and Parenting Plans

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted 23 Domestic Relations and Juvenile forms for divorces, dissolutions, legal separations and parenting plans. Specifically, the Court has proposed the following list of forms:

Complaint for Divorce without Children; Answer; Final Judgment

Complaint for Divorce with Children; Answer; Final Judgment

Judgment Entry Converting Interest in Real Estate

Consent to Judgment Entry

Petition for Dissolution of Marriage; Judgment Entry

Separation Agreement

Parenting Plan; Final Decree of Parenting

Complaint for Parentage, Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities (Custody), and Parenting Time (Companionship and Visitation)

Motion for Contempt and Affidavit

Show Cause Order, Notice and Instructions to the Clerk

Motion for Change of Parenting Time (Companionship and Visitation) and Memorandum in Support

Motion for Change of Parental Rights and Responsibilities and Memorandum in Support

Motion for Change of Child Support, Medical Support, Tax Exemption, or Other Child-Related Expenses and Memorandum in Support

Waiver of Service of Summons

Request for Service

According to the Court’s news release, “Key information, relevant instructions, and tips have been embedded in the forms using plain English as much as possible to assist self-represented litigants in pursuing their cases in court.”

The Ohio Supreme Court’sw standardized forms are designed to increase access to justice in family-law related proceedings in domestic relations and juvenile courts.

Local courts may use the forms to help with cases that concern divorces, dissolutions, motions for change in the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (custody and visitation) and child support, and parenting plans.

The standardized forms will assist by promoting efficiencies and fostering uniformity in domestic relations and juvenile courts because some proceedings are similar in both courts. Additionally, attorneys practicing in multiple jurisdictions will benefit from consistent standards.

The forms, which became effective July 1, 2013 will be posted on the Supreme Court’s website in a format to be completed online or printed out for completion by hand.

The 23 forms adopted by the Supreme Court follow five other domestic relations forms adopted in 2010.

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