General Information

The Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Domestic Relations division has jurisdiction over cases involving divorce (with or without children), dissolution, legal separations, spousal support, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, change of custody, visitation, support enforcement, and civil protection orders.

The Court maintains continuing jurisdiction over all matters concerning minor children of terminated marriages (with some exceptions), which means that the Court can modify the orders regarding children.

The Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Sandusky County have appointed two (2) Magistrates to hear most cases with issues relating to the termination of marriage, a civil protection order or the enforcement of an order issued through Domestic Relations. This would include dissolution, divorce, legal separation, post-decree motions and civil protection orders.

It is suggested that you have an attorney to represent your interests when you come to court, however you may appear without an attorney. Although you can proceed without an attorney, you will be expected to follow the rules of the court, file the appropriate paperwork and present sufficient evidence if you proceed to trial. In most domestic relations cases, you are not entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you.