Family Law: Child Custody

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Find local court forms and rules - Use this tool to find and link to the webpages of local courts that contain that court's local rules and forms. Not all courts have a website or have posted local rules or forms to their website.

Ohio Application for Public Assistance - This is a link to Ohio's application to request Ohio Works First, Disability Assistance, Refugee Cash, Medical and Food Stamp benefits.

Standard Juvenile Protection Order (SUPREME COURT OF OHIO) - The Supreme Court of Ohio’s adoption of the standard juvenile civil protection order forms rule, Sup. R. 10.05. The forms, which became effective on March 1, 2011, are available (in Word and PDF) through the Supreme Court’s DV Program web page.

Legal Education
icon A Child Cannot Choose Where to Live - Information sheet from Southeastern Ohio Legal Services discussing factors a court must consider in deciding a custody case.

icon Change of Custody Fact Sheet - This fact sheet discusses the legal grounds for changing custody where there is already an existing custody order.

Children's Wishes Are Considered in Custody Matters -To determine whether shared parenting is in the best interest of the children, the court considers many factors.

icon Court Hearing on Change of Custody - This brochure from the Ohio State Legal Services Association offers general advice on how to prepare, what you must prove, how to present your case during a court hearing on change of custody.

icon Legal Rights of Teenage Mothers - Overview of the legal rights of teen mothers and a project at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to provide teen moms with legal representation.

My Child Is 18; Now What? -What happens to your responsibility as a parent once your child turns 18.

Sharing Parental Responsibilities After Separation -When parents come before the domestic relations court to terminate their marriage, the most important issues the court must address involve what will happen to their children. The marriage may end, but both former spouses will still be parents, and their children will still need to be cared for and protected.

icon Unmarried Mothers Have Legal Custody - This information sheet discusses Ohio custody law when a mother is unmarried and there is no court custody order.

Other Resources
Domestic Relations Mediation Program - Franklin County - Mediation is a problem solving process in which a neutral professional (the mediator) facilitates communication between parties involved in a divorce or a domestic relations dispute. The mediator helps parents understand the needs of their children, reach agreements in their children’s best interest and develop a cooperative parenting relationship.

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Adoption and Foster Care
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Care
Child Support
Legal Separation, Divorce and Dissolution
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