Effective immediately, the Court establishes the following policy for individuals wishing to file their papers without an attorney:



If you are seeking custody or visitation and you are not represented by an attorney, you are strongly encouraged to participate in a program held at the court and supervised by Legal Aid attorneys. They will NOT be your lawyer, but will help you complete the right forms.  If you choose to not do this and file incomplete documents, your case may be dismissed without even a hearing and you will lose your cost deposit.

Custody and visitation cases are complicated legal cases and require much information. Our clerks are not lawyers and cannot legally assist you with completing the paperwork.  Please do not ask them to do so.

Filing fee for a new case:                       $123.00

Filing fee for reactivation of existing case:    $90.00


The next date for Legal Aid to appear in our courtroom to offer guidance is:

Wednesday, January 17,2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 9:00 am



Pickaway County Free Legal Aid Juvenile Clinic



11 East Second Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Phone: 740-773-0012
Toll Free: 800-686-3668
Fax: 740-772-6226

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*Please note that the Companionship orders that you received in Court may differ from the above Standard Rules.  Please follow the Companionship rules that were given to you at your Court hearing.


Does the Court order Ex-Parte Emergency Custody?

 NO.  Custody hearings require notice and attendance of all parties at a hearing.   If you feel that a child endangered, you should contact Pickaway County Job & Family Services at 740-474-7588

Important things to remember

  • Generally speaking, married couples with children have custody and visitation decisions made by the General Division of the Common Pleas Court and not Juvenile Court.

  • The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over custody/visitation cases involving children born out of wedlock.

  • The filing fee for Custody or Visitation is $123.00 – if it is a new case.  If you are filing on an existing case the cost is $90.00(This does not include the certified mailing costs)

  • The filing fee is to be paid on or before the hearing date.

Disclaimer: Legal practice in all Courts is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by The Supreme Court of Ohio. DEPUTY CLERKS ARE PREVENTED FROM PRACTICING LAW AND THEREFORE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GIVE ADVICE. They are only authorized to determine if forms and other legal documents are appropriate and acceptable for filing.