Generally, if any court has previously issued orders regarding the child or children at issue, your custody lawyer must file or request any modification of custody or parenting orders in that court. The general exception to this rule is a situation involving an allegation that a child is abused, neglected, or is a dependent child.
If no court has ever addressed custody or parenting times, generally, your custody attorney will file your motion for custody or parenting time in the child's home county.
Each county has two courts that hear custody matters; juvenile court and domestic relations court.
- Custody and visitation (parenting time) matters involving unmarried parents;
- Cases involving abuse, neglect, and dependency allegations. These cases may be initiated through Children Services or Jobs and Family Services, or may be initiated by a parent or other individual. If initiated by a parent or other individual and not the children services agency for that county, these may be referred to as "private" abuse, neglect and dependency cases. In any case involving abuse, neglect, or dependency allegations, the juvenile court will hear the matter.
Domestic Relations Court
- Custody and visitation (parenting time) among married parents. This may be through a divorce, dissolution, or legal separation, but may also occur through a post decree motion to modify a prior custody order. Absent unique circumstances, including abuse, neglect, and dependency allegations, a custody case will remain in domestic relations court if it was originally determined by that court.
- In What Court's Does The Peck Law Office Have Experience?
We have successfully represented Mothers and Fathers in the following Ohio Courts in cases involving custody, shared parenting, parenting time, and/or grandparent visitation:
Butler County Juvenile Court
Butler County Domestic Relations Court
Clermont County Juvenile Court
Clermont County Domestic Relations Court
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court
Warren County Juvenile Court
Warren County Domestic Relations Court.
- What Types Of Custody Related Matters Does The Peck Law Office Have Experience?
We have represented clients for the following parenting related matters:
Complaint | Motion for legal custody
Complaint | Motion for shared parenting
Complaint | Motion for parenting time
Complaint | Motion for grandparent companionship rights
Complaint | Motion to establish paternity/parentage
Complaint | Motion to establish child support
Modification of custody
Modification of visitation
Modification of shared parenting plan
Modification of child support
Termination of Shared Parenting
Termination | Restriction of parenting time
Emergency or Ex Parte Orders
Shelter Care Hearings
Complaint Alleging Abuse, Neglect, or Dependency
Contempt of Parenting Time
Contempt Motions For All Parenting and Child Support Issues