Frequently Asked Questions

Henry County Family Court

When you appear in our Court you should:

- Be prepared to pay any fines, fees or costs.

- Bring all necessary paper work depending on case type, driverís license and proof of insurance are necessary for all traffic cases.

- Dress appropriately.

How do I transfer a case from one county to another county?

Depending on the county who has jurisdiction, the party would file a Motion to Transfer with this court requesting the case be transferred. The individual requesting the transfer would be referred to the court having jurisdiction for information as to the transfer or the individual would be referred to an attorney for assistance.

Where do I go to file a motion?

Motions can be filed with the Clerks Office of the Henry County Family Court, located at 660 N. Perry St. Napoleon, Ohio 43545.

Who would I contact to request a hearing, continue my hearing, or advance my hearing?

Request a Hearing - To reopen a case that has a final order or disposition the party would file a Motion to Modify or Change the order. The motion would be reviewed by the judge or magistrate to determine if the case would be scheduled for a hearing.

Continue the Hearing - Party would contact the courtroom to request a continuance. The request could be orally or by written motion. Request must be made within (7) days of the hearing.

Advance the Hearing - Party would contact the courtroom to request that the case be advanced and state the reason. The request could be made either orally or by written motion. Request must be made within (7) days of the hearing.

To do any of the above, you must contact an attorney, or attend the Pro-Se clinic

What happens if I don't pay my Court fines and costs?

Costs and fines do not go away unless they are paid. The Family Court has traditionally been responsive to the need of clients and allowed payment plans over a period of time. Costs and fines are debts just like any other financial obligation. Failure to pay fines and costs will prevent records being sealed or expunged and will be reason to begin collection procedures.

What is a bond?

A bond is a sum of money posted to insure a defendantís appearance in Court. Failure to comply with the terms of the bond will probably result in the forfeiture of the bond and a warrant for the arrest of the defendant.

How do I file an Appeal?

You would be referred to the attorney representing you on the case. If your attorney is no longer representing you, you would be referred to the Public Defender's Office or private counsel.

How do I file for an objection to a Magistrate's Order?

Party who is represented by counsel would be referred to their attorney. Party who does not have an attorney would submit in writing what they are disagreeing with in the order issued. This document or objection would be filed with the Clerks Office. The Objection must be filed within 14 days of the hearing if the order being appealed is a decision, 10 days if the order is a pretrial order.