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* Court staff can provide you with the telephone number of a local lawyer referral service. There are lawyers who can help you. For more information, you may call the Mahoning County Bar Association at 330-746-2933 or Community Legal Aid at 1-800-309-5454. * Court staff can answer questions concerning how Domestic Relations Court works. Answers are limited to very basic responses, such as the Court’s hours of operation, hearing schedules, and the type of proceeding on the Court’s docket. * Court staff can provide general information about court rules and procedures. You may read the rules and procedures that pertain to the Court’s proceedings online or in the Law Library. * Court staff can review your papers or documentation for completeness through checking for such things as signatures, notarization where required, the correct court name, and case number.
* Court staff cannot answer your questions that require guidance concerning what you should do in your case. Only a lawyer can give you such advice.
* Court staff cannot advise you whether or not you should file your case in this Court or the steps necessary to take while in court, or to render an opinion about what may happen after your case is presented to this Court.
* Court staff cannot advise you concerning what you may say in court, other than simple procedural matters of courtesy such as addressing the Judge or a Magistrate as “your Honor”.
* Court staff cannot permit you to speak with the Judge or a Magistrate outside the courtroom. Court staff are not permitted to speak to the Judge or a Magistrate on your behalf concerning your case.
* Court staff cannot fill-out a form or pleading on your behalf, or advise you on what words to use in your documentation. Court staff may be able to provide a blank form for your use or direct you where to find such a form.
* Court staff cannot sign an Order or change an Order signed by the Judge or a Magistrate. Court staff are not permitted to explain the legal meaning or the effect of an Order to you.
Counterclaim for Divorce, Legal Separation, Annulment, Cross-Complaint, or Third Party Complaint: $150.00
Post-Judgment/Decree Motions: $100.00.
Petitions for Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders: $0.00 Forms
1. Separation Agreement (attached to Petition) signed by both parties 2. Waiver of Service of Summons signed by both parties3. Affidavit of Legal Counsel signed by unrepresented party 4. Parenting Proceeding Affidavit (Uniform DR Form 3)(Required only if there are minor children)5. Affidavit of Income and Expenses (Uniform DR Form 1)6. Affidavit of Property (Uniform DR Form 2)7. Health Insurance Affidavit (Uniform DR Form 4)8. IV-D Application for Child Support Services9. Family Information Sheet
Real Estate: A copy of the deed containing the legal description of any property being transferred or to be sold should be provided. A copy of the Auditor's appraisal may be accepted as evidence of value.
Motor Vehicles: A copy of the title of any vehicle being transferred should be provided. A copy of the NADA or Kelly Blue Book values may be accepted as evidence of value.
Retirement Interests: Any pension or other retirement account should be professionally valued unless the parties are in agreement to divide the same without the necessity of valuation. Copies of the most recent account statements should be provided.
1. Summons and Order to Appear and Request for Court-Appointed Counsel 2. Explanation of Medical Bills (if the claim of contempt is for unpaid medical bills)
2) If you are summoned to appear in court on a charge for which you could be sent to jail (for example, contempt of court), the court may appoint an attorney for you.