COURT POLICY FOR INDIVIDUALS FILING WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY
Effective immediately, the Court establishes the following policy for individuals wishing to file their papers without an attorney:
FILING WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY (PRO SE)
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, August 9, 2017 at 9:00 am
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:00 am
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:00 am
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:00 am
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:00 am
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SOUTHEAST OHIO LEGAL SERVICES, CHILLICOTHE OFFICE
11 East Second Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Toll Free: 800-686-3668
*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.