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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. WHAT CAN COURT STAFF DO TO ASSIST YOU?
  2. WHAT COURT STAFF CANNOT DO TO ASSIST YOU!
  3. Why can’t I talk to the Judge or Magistrate?
  4. Should I talk to an Attorney even if I am representing myself?
  5. What are the filing fees that must be paid to the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts for filing various actions with the Court?
  6. What forms must accompany a Complaint, Answer, or Counterclaim for Divorce or Legal Separation where there are NO minor children?
  7. What forms must accompany a Complaint, Answer, or Counterclaim for Divorce or Legal Separation where there ARE minor children?
  8. What forms must accompany a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage?
  9. What about commercially prepared forms that may be found on the Internet or at an office supply store?
  10. What is a Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Orders Without Oral Hearing and when should it be filed?
  11. What is an Affidavit of Property Form?
  12. What is Documentation and Valuation of Assets?
  13. What forms must accompany a Motion for Contempt or To Show Cause?
  14. What forms must accompany a Motion for Reallocation of Parental Rights?
  15. What form must be filed when a party wishes to relocate to another address?
  16. What are the filing fees that must be paid to the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts for filing various actions with the Court?
  17. What if I believe I cannot afford to pay the filing fees?
  18. Who do I contact for help in choosing an attorney?
  19. What if I want an attorney but have no money to pay for legal services?
  20. What are hearings before Magistrates and how do they differ from hearings before Judges?
  21. How can I find out my hearing date?
  22. How can I get a transcript of a hearing?
  23. Where can I get copies of my court papers?
  24. Can I call the Court with questions about my case?
  25. How do I bring a matter back before the Court?
  26. How can I enforce my current child support or health insurance order?
  27. Where can I determine the current balance owed on a support obligation or the date of a last payment?
  28. What do I have to do if I change employment?
  29. What is the mandatory parent education class, and how do I sign up for it?
  30. What do I have to do if I plan to relocate to another county or state?
  31. Is there a certain age when children can choose which parent to live with?
  32. Can my child speak to the Judge or the Magistrate?
  33. My ex is not complying with the court ordered parenting time schedule. As a non-residential parent, what can I do?
  34. What is the holiday pick up and drop off time?
  35. What if my child does not wish to go with the other parent on their parenting time?
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