Returning to Court (Post-Decree Motions)
- Child support;
- Spousal support;
- Child custody or parenting time;
- Changing the residential parent for school purposes; or,
- Modify/terminate a domestic violence civil protection order.
You may also find yourself returning to Court to seek judicial enforcement of prior orders through the Court’s equity powers of contempt, such as:
- Failing to pay child support and/or unreimbursed medical expenses;
- Failing to pay spousal support;
- Failing to allow parenting time;
- Failing to divide marital property (e.g., sign title to a car, divide a retirement account, or refinance a martial debt such as a mortgage); or,
- Violating a domestic violence civil protection order.
- If there has been a substantial change in circumstances (e.g., your income increases/decreases 10% or more; involuntary job loss; change in circumstances of the children; domestic violence; etc.), you will need to review and complete the Motion by checking the applicable boxes and by providing a summary explanation. A general motion form can be found on the Court’s Rules and Forms page.
- You will need to file your Motion with the Clerk of Courts.
- You will also need to provide the Clerk of Courts with Instruction for Service, which can be found on the Court’s Rules and Forms page.
- Unless your motion is an emergency or you request an expedited hearing, you will have a pretrial scheduled within 2 months from the date you filed the motion.
- Depending on the type of motion you file (e.g., contempt, modification of custody or modification of child support), the Court will typically hear and resolve your motion in 6-9 months.
- Contempt is a knowing failure to obey the lawful order of the Court, including but not limited to failing to pay child/spousal support, failing to comply with parenting time/visitation orders, failing to comply with division of property orders, and failing to comply with domestic violence civil protection orders.
- The person who fails to obey the Court order is known as the ‘contemnor’.
- If the Court finds the contemnor guilty of contempt, the Court may order the contemnor to pay a monetary fine of $250 to $1,000, and may also order the contemnor to serve thirty (30) to ninety (90) days in jail.
- If you file a Motion for Contempt (a.k.a. Motion Show Cause), you must also provide the Clerk of Court with a partially-completed Summons and Order to Appear, which can be found on the Court’s Rules and Forms page.
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
99 Public Square, 2nd Floor
Medina, Ohio 44256
Phone (330) 725-9740
Medina Domestic Relations Court Hours are:
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.