The domestic relations division of the
court is commonly known as "Divorce Court". Divorces,
dissolutions, legal separations, annulments and post-decree
matters are all heard in the domestic relations courtroom.
Magistrate Gary J. Carter serves as the Magistrate of the
Domestic Relations Division of the Common Pleas Court. Magistrate
Carter presides over the daily functions of the domestic
relations court, hearing evidence in trials, just as the
Judge would. The magistrate then prepares a written decision.
The decision is sent to the attorney for each party, and
each party has a period of l4 days to object. The Judge
decides whether or not to adopt the magistrate's decision
and make it the binding order of the Court. Magistrates
also have the authority to sign certain temporary orders,
which become effective immediately, without the signature
of the Judge. However, the parties can still appeal to the
In Shelby County, partial funding for
the magistrate's services is provided by state and federal
sources, due to the fact that the magistrate assists in
the collection of delinquent child support.
The court has adopted local rules of court
which are to be followed in domestic relations cases.
For a copy of Shelby County Common Pleas
Court's Local Domestic Court Rules
please download HERE.
Domestic Relations FORMS
For a copy of any of the Domestic Relations
simply click on the form name to download (in PDF format).
Affidavit 1 - Affidavit of Income, Expenses and Financial Disclosure
(Filed by each party in a new divorce, dissolution, legal separation action and post decree actions)
Affidavit 2 - Affidavit of Property
(Filed in all new actions, including divorces, dissolutions and legal separations)
Affidavit 3 - Parenting Proceeding Affidavit (R.C. 3127.23(A)) (Filed in all proceedings involving children)
Affidavit 4 - Health Insurance Affidavit
(Filed in all proceedings involving children)
Affidavit 5 - Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Parenting Orders, Support, Parenting Time Spousal Support without Oral Hearing
(File when applicable, divorce / post-divorce)
DR-6 - Application for Child Support Services (IV-D)
(File in all proceedings involving children)
DR-7 - Obligee's Rights and Remedies for Enforcement of Support (File in all proceedings involving children)
DR-8 - Personal Identifier/Sensitive Information Sheet (Submitted in all cases and sealed in the Clerk’s File)
RULE 22 - Guidelines for Parenting Time
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