The Domestic Relations Court is part of the Common Pleas
Court and it has jurisdiction to terminate marriages by divorce,
dissolution or annulment. The Court generally has authority over the
children of the marriage until the children have turned 18 and no longer
regularly attend high school.
Additionally the Court has the power to enforce its orders until they have
been complied with.
The Court shares jurisdiction with the Municipal Court and the Common
Pleas Court over domestic violence cases. It is possible that more than
one court will be involved with the parties in a domestic violence case.
The Municipal Court deals with the criminal aspect and the Common Pleas
Court deals with the civil aspect.
The Wood County Domestic Relations Court is the appropriate court when one
of the parties resides in Wood County.
The Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Wood County have appointed two
magistrates to hear most cases with issues relating to the termination of
marriage and enforcement of the Decrees. This would include dissolution,
divorce, legal separation, post-decree motions and civil protection
The Wood County Courthouse is located on the corner of Court Street, N.
Summit Street, and N. Prospect. It is just one block east of North Main
Street and north of East Wooster Street, in Bowling Green, Ohio. The
Domestic Relations Court (Courtroom #3) is located on the First floor of
the Wood County Courthouse. Use the main entrance on N. Summit Street
(across from the public parking lot). After you go into the Atrium
entrance, go south (left) to the second doorway on the left.
After you have checked in, there are conference rooms where you can wait
and consult with your attorney until your case is called.
It is suggested that you have an attorney to represent your interests when
you come to court, however you may appear without an attorney.
In most cases in Domestic Relations matters, you are not entitled to have
an attorney appointed to represent you. If you are brought to court for
criminal contempt, you may be entitled to have an attorney appointed if
you are found to be indigent. You will be required to complete a form and
pay a fee of $25.00 to be considered for a court appointed attorney. The
form and additional information is located at
You may also wish to contact Legal Aid of Western Ohio at
to see if you qualify for a pro bono attorney.