About the Court
The Court has received numerous questions about how to exercise parenting time during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please read the following AFCC resource for guidance on how to successfully exercise parenting time under current conditions.
SPRING BREAK PARENTING TIME ANNOUNCEMENT!
On March 12, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announced his decision to close all Ohio public schools until April 3, 2020, in the interest of protecting public safety during the Coronovirus outbreak, or COVID-19. In making this announcement, Governor Dewine called the closure an “extended spring break” for students. This phrase has caused some confusion for parents subject to the Domestic Relations Court’s and Juvenile Court’s Standard Orders of Parenting Time and their own agreements for parenting time.
Therefore, the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts find it necessary to clarify their interpretation of spring break parenting time given the current circumstances. The Courts are defining spring break as the previously scheduled spring break detailed by the schools on the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.
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
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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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.
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 internet access is available for court patrons. Please contact Court Security for additional information.
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.