Divorce

  • ‘Incompatibility’ is the most common ground for divorce.  For a full list of grounds for divorce, please see R.C. 3105.01.
  • In order to be granted a divorce, you must prove grounds and your grounds must be corroborated.  This means that at least two people must testify that grounds exist.
  • This is typically accomplished by the parties each testifying, but there are circumstances where a witness may need to be called to corroborate grounds.
  • You should review the divorce checklists, which can be found on the Court’s Rules and Forms page.
  • The Ohio Supreme Court has published standardized domestic relations forms, such as complaints, answers, counterclaims, separation agreements, and shared parenting plans.
  • You can file for divorce if you have lived in Ohio for six (6) months, and in Medina County for ninety (90) days prior to filing.
  • If you are the person filing for divorce, you are called the Plaintiff.
  • You have twenty-eight (28) days after being served with your spouse’s Complaint to respond with an Answer.
  • If you are the person filing an Answer (and/or Counterclaim), you are called the Defendant.
In addition to filing an Answer to the Complaint, the Defendant may file a Counterclaim to request a divorce from the Plaintiff.
You should review the divorce checklists, which can be found on the Court’s Rules and Forms page, to make sure that you have included everything in your Complaint or Counterclaim.
  • You will be scheduled for initial hearing, which is called the Case Management Hearing.
  • At the Case Management Hearing, the Judge or Magistrate will meet with you, your spouse, and/or your attorneys to discuss the facts and issues of your case.
  • If you have minor children, you and your spouse will be scheduled for a Case Services Assessment.
  • Your Case Services Assessment will likely be scheduled and conducted before the Case Management Hearing.
  • A divorce without children will typically last 6-9 months.
  • A divorce with children will typically last 9-12 months.
  • Depending on the issues in dispute, a more complex divorce may last 12-18 months.
If you reach a full agreement prior to the date for the final trial, you or your attorney can call the Court to schedule an uncontested divorce hearing.
  • A contested divorce is where both parties disagree to at least one issue in the divorce proceeding.
  • An uncontested divorce is any divorce where the parties are in full agreement or when one party chooses not to participate in the divorce proceedings.
  • Corroborating witness: because grounds for divorce must be corroborated (e.g., require two witnesses), you must bring a corroborating witness to testify at the uncontested divorce hearing.

NOTE: The Court is prohibited by law from offering legal advice.  The information and forms on this website are not intended to be a substitute for good legal advice.


Domestic Relations Court
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Medina, Ohio 44256

Phone (330) 725-9740

Medina Domestic Relations Court Hours are:
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