New Cases

Actions for Divorce, Dissolution, Legal Separation, Annulment, Custody, & Support

Below are the types of new cases that be can filed in the Domestic Relations Court.  A brief description, as well as the required paperwork, is provided.
The forms on this website do not provide legal advice regarding your rights, responsibilities, or options.  These forms are provided for information purposes only.  For legal assistance, please contact an attorney of your choosing or the Greene County Bar Association for a referral.

The use of Court-provided forms is intended for use by pro se parties only.
Divorce With Children

A divorce with children is a legal action taken to end a marriage when the parties share minor children from their marriage or relationship.  Divorce actions are filed when there is not a full agreement on all issues, or if one spouse is unavailable to attend the Final Hearing.

The documents required to file for divorce are below.  You can choose to print the entire divorce packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document.

Divorce Without Children

A divorce without children is a legal action taken to end a marriage where parties do not share minor children from their marriage or relationship.  Divorce actions are filed when there is not a full agreement on all issues or if one spouse is unavailable for the Final Hearing.

 

The documents required to file for divorce are below.  You can choose to print the entire divorce packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document.

Dissolution With Children


A dissolution with children is a legal action taken to end a marriage when both parties who share minor children are in agreement on all issues.  Both parties MUST appear at the Final Hearing.

 

The documents required to file for dissolution are below.  You can choose to print the entire dissolution packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Dissolution Without Children


A dissolution without children is a legal action taken to end a marriage when both parties with no minor children in common are in agreement on all issues.  Both parties MUST appear at the Final Hearing.  

 

The documents required to file for dissolution are below.  You can choose to print the entire dissolution packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Legal Separation With Children


A legal separation with children is a court action that divides property between spouses, allocates parental rights and responsibilities, and may award child and/or spousal support.  A legal separation does not terminate a marriage.  You cannot remarry if you are legally separated.

 

The documents required to file for legal separation are below.  You can choose to print the entire legal separation packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Legal Separation Without Children


A legal separation without children is a court action that divides property between spouses and may award spousal support.  A legal separation does not terminate a marriage.  You cannot remarry if you are legally separated.

The documents required to file for legal separation are below.  You can choose to print the entire legal separation packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Annulment


An annulment is a legal action that terminates a marriage.  Annulment differs from divorce in that annulment terminates a marriage and treats it like it never existed.  In divorce, the marriage is recognized as having occurred.  An action for annulment must be filed within a specific timeline set forth by the Ohio Revised Code.  Below are the grounds for annulment and the deadline by which to file:

 

1) A party was underage at the time of marriage (within 2 years after arriving at such age; or by a parent, guardian, or other person having charge of such party ay any time before such party has arrived at such age);

2) A party was already married to another person at the time of marriage (during the life of the married spouse or the life of such former husband or wife);

3) A party was adjudicated mentally incompetent (at any time before the death of either party);

4) Consent to marriage was obtained by fraud (within 2 years after the discovery of the facts constituting fraud);

5) Consent to marriage was obtained by force (within 2 years from the date of said marriage); or

6) The marriage was never consummated (within 2 years from the date of said marriage).  

 

 

The documents required to file for annulment are below.  You can choose to print the entire annulment packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Answer 


An Answer is a defendant’s response to a Complaint for Divorce or Legal Separation. The Answer contains the defendant’s version of the events leading to the Complaint and may be based on the contents of the Complaint.  The filing of the Answer is one option that the defendant has in deciding how to respond to the complaint.

If you are filing an Answer, you must complete a Certificate of Service in addition to your Answer form. 
Counterclaim

A Counterclaim is a claim brought by a defendant against a plaintiff in a legal action.  The Counterclaim can be thought of as the defendant's Complaint or Petition for Divorce.  A Counterclaim differs from an Answer because it allows the defendant to ask for relief, such as custody or support.  An Answer merely allows a defendant to respond to the plaintiff's requests; it does not allow the defendant to make their own.  An Answer and Counterclaim are often filed together.

If you are filing a Counterclaim, you must also complete a set of Instructions in addition to your Counterclaim form (or in addition to your Answer and Counterclaim forms if you are filing both).

Complaint for Custody

A Complaint for Custody is a legal action to obtain custody of a minor child when the minor child's parents are married, but have no plans to end the marriage.  This type of action can also be filed by a 3rd party who wants custody of a minor child, and the child's parents are still married.  This type of case used to be filed in the juvenile courts but recent changes in the law gave the domestic relations courts jurisdiction.

The documents required to file for legal custody are below. You can choose to print the entire legal custody packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document.

Complaint for Parenting Time

A Complaint for Support is a legal action to obtain parenting time with a minor child when the minor child's parents are married, but have no plans to end the marriage. 

The documents required to file for parenting time are below. You can choose to print the entire parenting time packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document.