Assistance for Self-Representing Clients

Representing yourself in family court is challenging. There are many laws and procedures that you need to know. Deadlines for filing documents can be strict. If you file documents late, or not at all, the judicial officer who decides your case may not be able to consider your side of the case. On top of all that, family court cases can be emotional. When you represent yourself, there is no attorney to help you sort out facts from emotions, understand what is happening with the case, and plan a case strategy with you. Although it is almost always better to be represented by an attorney, it is not always possible. This sites provides a few resources to assist you if you decide to represent your self

Oftentimes, people believe legal representation is like a light switch: it’s either on or off. That is not always the case. When someone is represented for the whole case, it is called full representation. If you cannot afford full representation, there is a less expensive form of partial representation known as unbundled legal services. This allows you to select from a menu of legal services and customize your representation. For example, by making a written agreement with an attorney who is willing to provide unbundled legal services, you can choose to have an attorney represent you in court, but draft all the papers yourself.

Click Here for a list of attorneys that provide unbundled legal services:

Pro-Se Clinic

If you do not have an attorney AND qualify for Legal Aid assistance, you can get help filling out Court forms for divorce, custody, or parenting time.

Call (419) 599-5951 to sign up for the Pro-Se clinic.

Ohio Legal Help

Ohio legal help is a statewide legal help website that provides step-by-step legal information, court forms and connection to lawyer referral, legal aid, and community resources so that Ohioans can resolve their legal problems.

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Filing Packets

The Supreme Court of Ohio developed standardized forms for termination of marriage, child support, and custody matters in domestic relations and juvenile courts to assist self-represented litigants access the justice system. Disclaimer: These forms do not include instructions, legal advice regarding your rights and responsibilities, or legal options. To be fully informed and get answers to your questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney

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