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Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Division of the Common Pleas Court hears all cases concerning the termination of marriages filed in Allen County, Ohio. These include divorce, dissolution, legal separation, annulment, and the issuance of civil protection orders arising out of domestic violence.

The Court also hears all matters associated with these cases such as determining parental rights and responsibilities or custody, child support, spousal support or alimony, property division, and debt allocation.

Cases filed under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act are also heard by the Domestic Relations Division. These involve actions started in another state but enforced in Ohio when the support is owed by an Ohio resident.

The Allen County Domestic Relations Judge is Matt C. Staley. Two Magistrates also serve the Common Pleas Court, primarily in the area of Domestic Relations. Magistrates Deborah L. Drexler and Dennis S. Kerber conduct courtroom proceedings and provide mediation services to prospective litigants as requested.

The local court rules regarding domestic relations proceedings and additional general information may be obtained by contacting the Court.

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