Motions

Below are the types of Motions that be can be filed in ongoing and post-Decree Domestic Relations cases  A brief description, as well as the required paperwork, is provided.

The forms on this website do not provide legal advice regarding your rights, responsibilities, or options. These forms are provided for information purposes only. For legal assistance, please contact an attorney of your choosing or the Greene County Bar Association for a referral.

The use of Court-provided forms is intended for use by pro se parties only.

Motion for Continuance

A Motion for Continuance is appropriate when a court date has been set, and one party cannot attend. A party filing for continuance must show good cause why the hearing should be rescheduled. 

Motion for Change of Child Support

A Motion for Change of Child Support is appropriate when the parties have an existing child support Order.

In order for the court to modify an existing child support Order, there must be a change of circumstances, and the modification must be in the best interest of the child(ren). 

The documents required to file a Motion to Modify Child Support are below. You can choose to print the entire Motion packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Motion for Change of Parental Rights & Responsibilities (Custody)

 A Motion for Change of Parental Rights & Responsibilities (Custody) is appropriate when the parties have a Decree designating the residential parent/legal custodian of their child(ren).

In order for the court to change the residential parent, the filing party must show a change of circumstances; that changing the residential parent is in the best interest of the child(ren); and that the benefit of changing custody outweighs the harm.

The documents required to file a Motion to Change Residential Parent are below. You can choose to print the entire Motion packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document.    

Motion for Change of Parenting Time (Visitation)

A Motion for Change of Parenting Time (Visitation) is appropriate when the parties have an existing parenting time Order.  The modification must be in the best interest of the child(ren).

The documents required to file a Motion to Modify Parenting Time/Visitation are below. You can choose to print the entire Motion packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Motion for Change of Spousal Support

 A Motion for Change of Spousal Support is appropriate when the parties have an existing spousal support Order.  If filing a post-Decree Motion for change of spousal support, the Court must have reserved jurisdiction to modify the duration, amount, or both.  Please check your Decree for this information.

In order for the court to modify an existing support Order, there must be a change of circumstances since the initial Order was filed. This motion reopens your old case and a hearing is held after your paperwork is filed.

The documents required to file a Motion to Modify Spousal Support are below. You can choose to print the entire Motion packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. 

Motion for Contempt

A Motion for Contempt is appropriate when a party violates an Order of the Court. 

Note that personal service is vital in Motions for Contempt because if service is not perfected, certain penalties or sanctions against a party found in contempt cannot be handed down by the court.

The documents required to file a Motion for Contempt are below. You can choose to print the entire Motion packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document. If the violation you are alleging involves non-payment of medical expenses, an Explanation of Healthcare Bills must be completed. 

Other Motion

If you would like to bring an issue before the court that cannot be done by the other types of motions listed above, you may complete the blank motion form. Please note that depending on the type of motion you want to bring, other documents may be required. Additionally, a Certificate of Service or Instructions must be completed.

Petition to Register Foreign Order

If you have relocated to Greene County, Ohio but were divorced in another state, you may be able to transfer your divorce case to Ohio for modification of support, enforcement of your Court Orders, or to address issues related to any child custody or parenting time.

Under Ohio law, a divorce Decree entered by a court in another state can be transferred to Ohio when a number of conditions are met. 

Transferring your case to Ohio begins with filing a Petition to Register Foreign Order. If you decide to file a Petition, be sure to choose the appropriate Petition. Petitions are available for registering foreign support Orders as well as Petitions for registering foreign parenting Orders. Original and certified court documentation from your divorce case must be provided to this Court with your Petition.

NOTE: Filing your Petition also requires you to demonstrate to the Ohio Court that you have properly served the other party, given them the appropriate Notice of Registration, and are advancing the most current Orders regarding your case to the Ohio Court. Any failure on your part to serve the other party properly and in a timely manner can compromise your Petition. Failing to provide the appropriate documentation may also compromise your Petition.

Agreed Entry

Agreed Entries are agreements between parties that resolve issues, or modify or terminate orders in their case. 

Once parties reach an agreement, they must submit their Agreed Entry to the Court for approval, and the Court will determine if a hearing is needed.

The documents required to file an Agreed Entry are below. You can choose to print the entire Agreed Entry packet by clicking on Packet, or you can print individual documents by clicking on the link to the document.