About the Court

As a progressive, responsive court, Greene County Domestic Relations aims to provide a legal forum in which all parties are treated fairly, equitably, and with the best interests of litigants as the primary concern.  Furthermore, it is the goal of this Court to accord the highest priority to the welfare of the minor children involved in the Court's proceedings.

The Court's goals are achieved through:

  • Holding innovative seminars, such as Families Succeeding After Divorce
  • Encouraging continuing education for all court employees
  • Keeping current on the expanding dimensions of family law
  • Maintaining an ideology that the Court is an entity striving to serve and the benefit the community's interest  

Location and Hours


The courthouse is located at 595 Ledbetter Road, Xenia, OH  45385.  The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The courthouse is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving/Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Jurisdiction


The Greene County Domestic Relations Court (DR Court) has exclusive jurisdiction over bringing marriages to an end.  This may be done by divorce, dissolution, or annulment.  In addition, the Court has authority to enforce all of its orders, even after the marriage ends.

The DR Court also has jurisdiction over all matters involving custody, visitation, and support minor children of the marriage, unless they are already wards of another court (i.e. Juvenile Court Dependency/Neglect/Abuse cases).  The Court also issues Civil Protection Orders (CPO).

The Greene County DR Court serves the communities of Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Fairborn, and Xenia.

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Court Etiquette



Proper Dress


Please avoid wearing inappropriate clothing, such as t-shirts; muscle shirts; tank tops; halter tops; tops with swear words, depictions of violence or sexual acts, or promotions of drug or alcohol use; shorts; cut-off jeans; baggy pants that fall below the hips; micro-mini skirts; pants with holes; and hats (except those worn for religious reasons).

Courthouse Entry & Security Information


All persons entering the Greene County Domestic Relations courthouse are required to pass through the Court's security checkpoint.  Visitors will be subjected to a mandatory scan of their person, bags, and property. 

Please allow extra time to pass through security before your scheduled court appearance.  Long lines may result in delayed entry into the courthouse.

Timeliness


Be on time.  If you are late, your case may be dismissed, and/or the other side may be allowed to present his/her case without you.  If you are running late, please call the scheduler for the Judge or Magistrate before whom the hearing is scheduled.

In the Courtroom


Act professionally and courteously toward the Judge, Magistrate, other parties, and attorneys.  If you are representing yourself, you are expected to be prepared and to present your case according to the rules of court.

If you are observing court proceedings or waiting for your case to be called, be respectful of the court.  Enter and exit the room quickly and quietly.  Eating and drinking are not permitted in the courtroom/hearing room.  Observers with questions should wait for the court to recess to talk to the bailiff or scheduler.

Wireless


Wireless internet access is available for court patrons.  Please contact Court Security for additional information.

Public Transportation


Greene CATS is a small, county public transportation system operated by the Greene County Transit Board.  Greene CATS provides safe, reliable, and accessible public transportation for the residents of Greene County with special attention to those who are transportation disadvantaged in coordination with agencies, organizations, businesses, and local governments.  Visit the Greene CATS Public Transit webpage for more information.