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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I get emancipated?
A. State of Ohio does not have an emancipation law. Minor or parent is unable to file a legal action to have a minor emancipated or legally on their own and under the age of 18. There are two temporary ways in which a minor can be out of the custody of their parent. Either join any branch of the Armed Forces or marriage. However, if the marriage is dissolved or minor is discharged from the service and still under the age of 18 the custody automatically reverts back to the parent who originally had custody.

Q. How do I transfer a case from one county to another county?
A. Depending on the county who has jurisdiction, the party would file a Motion to Transfer with this court requesting the case be transferred. The individual requesting the transfer would be referred to the court having jurisdiction for information as to the transfer or the individual would be referred to an attorney for assistance.

Q. How do I transfer a case from one state to another state?
A. Private Custody Case - The individual would be referred to an attorney for the filing of a Petition to Register a Foreign Decree and any additional motions that may be needed to modify the out-of-state order.

Delinquency/Unruly Case - The individual would be referred to the state issuing the order. Transfers on delinquency/unruly cases are handled through Interstate Compact. The individual would check with the other court to determine if the child's case was transferred through the Interstate Compact.

Agency Custody Cases - The individual would be referred to the state issuing the order. Transfers on Agency Custody Cases are either transferred through the Interstate Compact or directly from one court to another court depending on the procedure of that particular court.

Support Cases - The individual would be referred to the court in the state in which the order was issued to seek information as to how a case would be transferred.

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Q. How does a father get visitation rights when the mother is denying visitation even though the father is paying support?
A. Party would be referred to an attorney to file an Application to Determine Custody and/or in the Alternative an Application to Determine Visitation.

Q. How do I get the father's visitation rights terminated?
A. Mother would be referred to an attorney to determine if she has legal grounds to terminate his visitation. If there are grounds, counsel would file the appropriate motion.

Q. How do I establish paternity?
A. Mother or biological father should contact the Child Support Enforcement Agency in the county they are residing. Mother or biological father would initiate a proceeding for an administrative hearing to establish paternity. Mother or biological father living in Cuyahoga County would contact the Child Support Enforcement Agency at 216-443-5200 or go to 1640 Superior Avenue.

Q. How do I file for custody?
A. Party would be referred to an attorney to file a Complaint for the Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities Party who is financially unable to retain an attorney would be referred to the Custody Mediation Department at 216-348-4265 to seek information concerning the filing of custody.

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Q. How do I file for an objection to a Magistrate's Order?
A. Party who is represented by counsel would be referred to their attorney. Party who does not have counsel would submit in writing what they are disagreeing with in the order issued. This document or objection would be filed with the Clerks Office. The Objection must be filed within 14 days of the hearing if the order being appealed is a decision, 10 days if the order is a pretrial order.

Q. How do I file an Appeal?
A. Party would be referred to the attorney representing them on the case. If attorney is no longer representing them, the party would be referred to the Public Defender's Office or private counsel.

Q. Who would one contact to post a bond?
A. Warrant Clerk at 216-698-4720.

Q. Where can I get information about grandparents' visitation rights?
A. Party should contact private counsel.

Q. What can I do when a social work agency is not complying with a court order to return my child(ren)?
A. Party would be referred to private counsel or Public Defender's Office. Public Defender's Office is 216-443-3480 or 216-443-7295. A Writ of Habeas Corpus could be filed.

Q. Where do I go to file a motion?
A. Party would file a Motion with the Clerks Office of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, located at 9300 Quincy Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

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Q. Who would I contact to request a hearing, continue my hearing, or advance my hearing?
A. Request a Hearing - To reopen a case that has a final order or disposition the party would file a Motion to Modify or Change the order. The motion would be reviewed by the judge or magistrate to determine if the case would be scheduled for a hearing.

Continue the Hearing - Party would contact the courtroom to request a continuance. The request could be orally or by written motion. Request must be made within (7) days of the hearing.

Advance the Hearing - Party would contact the courtroom to request that the case be advanced and state the reason. The request could be made either orally or by written motion. Request must be made within (7) days of the hearing.

Q. When a warrant is issued for my child & I know his/her location, whom do I notify?
A. Party would notify the judge or magistrate assigned to the case. Party would also notify the district police department of the child's whereabouts.

Q. I just moved to Ohio, has my child's probation been transferred from the other state?
A. Party would be referred to Gertrude Claybrooks, 216-443-3538 who handles the transfer of a case for probation supervision through the Interstate Compact. Party would be referred to the state in which the probation was ordered if Gertrude Claybrooks has not received the transfer.

Q. My child was issued a traffic citation, but there was no date for the hearing marked on the Traffic Citation, where do I go for a hearing?
A. Party would be referred to the Traffic Department at 216-443-3424, or the district police department. If the citation indicates that a non-traffic crime was committed, questions may be referred to Heather Cocoran, Deputy Director of Intake, at 216-443-8428 or Angela Ortiz, Senior Intake Officer, at 216-443-3452.

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