Henry County Family Court

A-OK Parenting Class

All parents involved in new domestic relation cases and post-decree cases that the Court may deem appropriate shall be required to attend the A– OK Parenting Class. This one session class is designed to assist you, as a parent, to resolve issues that may arise in your relationship with your ex-spouse and your children. For more information about the A-OK class you can visit their website by clicking here.

 

New Domestic Relations Cases: After the filing of a complaint for divorce or a petition for dissolution of marriage in which minor children are involved and before said action will proceed to final hearing, every party seeking the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of minor children, and both parties seeking a dissolution, must attend the A-OK parenting class sponsored by the Henry County Family Court.

 

Post-Decree Domestic Relation Cases: Before any motion for a change of allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, including visitation, will be set for final hearing, every party seeking any allocation of such parental rights and responsibilities must attend the A-OK  parenting class if they have not done so within the last three years immediately prior to the filling of such motion. A certification of attendance will be filed with case file for each participant  after each class.

 

Any litigant failing to complete the session within sixty (60) days of the filing of the original pleading may not be eligible to receive any allocation of parental rights. In the event that no party to the action completes the session within said sixty (60) day period, the action will be dismissed for want of prosecution.

 

Fee: the A-OK attendance fee is thirty  dollars ($30) per person. In most cases, a deposit is posted with the Clerk of Courts at the time the original pleadings are filed, this deposit includes the cost of the A-OK program. In the event your pending case is filed without posting a deposit with the Clerk or if the deposit has been exhausted, you will be required to pay $30.00 for each adult to participate in A-OK at the door on the date of your session.

 

Scheduled Classes: Upon the filing of a domestic relations case, the Assignment Commissioner will automatically schedule you for the next A-OK Session. You will receive written confirmation in the mail as to your class date and time. It is extremely important to keep the Court up to date as to all parties current mailing addresses. Henry County classes are held on the second Tuesday  of odd months in the Family Courtroom on the fourth floor of the court house. Participants need to arrive by 5:45 pm. No one will be able to enter the courthouse after 6:00 pm.

If you are unable to attend a class: In the event you are unavailable to  attend the class at the scheduled date and time, you must contact the Assignment Commissioner at (419) 591-3405 or via email at lglick@henrycountyfamilycourt.com immediately to reschedule.

 

The A-OK class is offered in several surrounding counties. If you are unable to attend a class in Henry County it may be possible to attend a class in a different county.  If you chose to attend a class in an another county you will have to pay for the course at the door. Please contact the domestic relations division of the county you chose for details on their program. Also, please contact the Assignment Commissioner for removal from the Henry County class roster. At the conclusion of the out of county session, a certificate of attendance will be given to you. Please retain this certificate and provide it to the Henry County Clerk of Courts to be filed in your pending case.

 

Non-Resident: We understand some parties in a domestic relations case no longer reside the State of Ohio. If you are unable to attend the class in Henry County, you may be eligible to participate in a similar program in your area. Please contact your local domestic relations court to inquire about current parenting programs. You must then call Henry County Family Court with the program information, and then the Judge must approve the course. Once completed, submit proof of attendance to the Henry County Clerk of Courts, 660 N. Perry St. Suite 302, Napoleon OH 43545.

 

What About Me?

If you have children ages 5 to 17 they will be required to attend the What About Me? Program. Parents are expected to bring their child(ren) with them for the What About Me session. A-OK classes and What About Me classes occur at the same time.

 

Fee: The What About Me? Attendance fee is thirty dollars ($30.00) per attendee. In most cases , a deposit is posted with the Clerk of Courts at the time the original pleadings is filed, which includes the cost of the What About Me? session. In the event your pending case was filed without posting a deposit with the Clerk or if the deposit has been exhausted, you will be required to pay $30.00 for each child to participate in What About Me? at the door on the date of your session. If you have a step-child(ren) you wish to participate in What About Me? you will need to contact the Assignment Commissioner at (419) 591-3405 or via email at lglick@henrycountyfamilycourt.com to have them registered. There will be a $30.00 fee, per child to be paid at the door for any step-child(ren) you register to attend this program.

 

Attendance: Attendance at What About Me? is mandatory.