If you live in Cleveland and are planning to file for a divorce, dissolution legal separation or annulment, or if you need help protecting yourself from domestic violence, you will eventually come into contact with the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court. The Domestic Relations Court is charged with handling these specific family law matters, and its judges hear thousands of cases every year. The Domestic Relations Court’s judges handle cases involving enforcement and modification of custody, child support, and alimony awards as well.
The Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court’s website provides a wealth of information for Cleveland residents who have questions about divorce, domestic violence, and other family law matters. However, as noted on the website, this information is not a substitute for legal advice. As a result, while this article includes links to the Domestic Relations Court’s free online resources, we still strongly encourage you to speak with an attorney about your unique situation before making any decision that may affect your legal rights.
Forms and Information for Cuyahoga County Family Law Issues
Family Law Forms
Available on the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court’s website are several forms that can be used to learn more about the processes and requirements for handling a wide variety of family law matters. While the forms include detailed instructions, again, we strongly advise that you speak with an attorney rather than trying to handle complex legal matters such as filing for divorce or modifying your child custody rights on your own. There is much more involved in these matters than simply completing and filing a form, and without legal representation you run the risk of harming or foregoing many of your legal rights.
Information on Divorce, Domestic Violence, Support, and Parenting Plans
In addition to its forms, the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court provides several other informational resources as well. These include:
- Information about what constitutes domestic violence
- Information on filing fees and court costs
- Links to resources on establishing parenting plans
- Pamphlet on managing stress during your divorce
- Resources for calculating child support and alimony
If this is your first time dealing with these issues, we encourage you to review the Court’s free resources for some general information. Some people find that they are more comfortable speaking with an attorney once they have some background. If you get overwhelmed or simply want someone to explain your rights and options to you, you can always call us for a free, confidential consultation.
Answers to Divorce, Domestic Violence, and Family Law FAQs
The Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court’s website also includes a comprehensive set of FAQs. Here, the Court provides answers to questions about:
- Child support and alimony
- Court terminology, processes, procedures, and documentation
- Domestic violence
- Filing for divorce
- Parenting plans and child custody
Speak with a Cuyahoga County Family Law Attorney at Laubacher & Co.
With offices in Cleveland, our attorneys regularly represent clients in divorces and other family law matters before the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court. At Laubacher & Co., we are intimately familiar with the Court’s rules and procedures, and we know what it takes to win the outcomes our clients deserve. If you are considering filing for divorce, are a victim of domestic violence, or need legal help with any other family law matter in Cleveland, we encourage you to contact us today for your free consultation.