The Butler County Court handles only special cases such as divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, and annulment for people who live within the borders of Butler County. This includes cases involving civil domestic violence. The Court also determines whether termination of marriage is needed due to domestic violence. They are also involved in making decisions on child custody, visitation between parents and their children, child support, property division, division of debts, and spousal support. The Butler County Court consist of 6 divisions: Case management office, Domestic Violence Office, Family Unit, Mediation, and Parent Education.
The Domestic Violence Office provides victims of domestic abuse with the forms and information that is needed to get a domestic violence civil protection order (cpo). They also screen victims to see if they qualify to petition the court for a protection order, photographing injuries caused by abuse, tyeping the court's order and filing it with the clerk of courts,
The Family unit provides programs for supervised visitation and home investigations. The Family helps non-residential parents increase the amount of time spend with their children in in safe and neutral sites. The guidelines that are inputted serve to ensure that a parent's dwelling is safe, and that the guardians household is appropriate for the child(ren) to live in.
The Mediation and Settlement Conferences and Parent Education Program offers mediation as an alternative for families going through divorce and post-divorce parenting disputes. All couples with children who seek divorce or dissolution of marriage are required to participate in the four hour mandatory parent education program which is presented by the cener for forensic psychiatry.
Contact information and hours of operation:
The Butler County Court,
315 High St. 2nd Floor,
Hamilton, OH. 45011.
Phone: (513) 887-3100 (Hamilton).
Phone: (513) 424-5351 ext. 3100 (Middletown).
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm.