Huron County
Common Pleas Court
Probate and Juvenile Divisions

Pro Se Forms

Ohio Revised Code 4705.01 prevents the Juvenile Court’s Clerks from giving legal advice or
from helping you prepare legal papers in a new or pending case in this or any Court.

  •  If divorced, filing must be addressed where custody was established unless there was a subsequent dependent, neglect, or abuse adjudication in Juvenile Court.
  • If another Court has jurisdiction over the child, you must return to that Court.
  • Failure to file in the proper jurisdiction may result in dismissal or transfer of your case and loss of all or part of your filing fee.


What is a motion? (A motion is filed if you already have a case.)

A motion is a formal request made to a judge for an order or judgment. Motions are made in court all the time for many purposes: to continue (postpone) a trial to a later date, to get a modification of an order, for temporary child support, for a judgment, for dismissal of the opposing party's case, for a rehearing, for sanctions (payment of the moving party's costs or attorney's fees), or for dozens of other purposes. Most motions require a written petition, a written brief of legal reasons for granting the motion (often called "points and authorities"), written notice to the attorney for the opposing party and a hearing before a judge. However, during a trial or a hearing, an oral motion may be permitted.


What is a complaint? (A complaint is filed if you DO NOT have a case.)

A complaint is the first document filed with the court (actually with the County Clerk or Clerk of the Court) by a person or entity claiming legal rights against another. The party filing the complaint is usually called the plaintiff and the party against whom the complaint is filed is called the defendant or defendants. Complaints are pleadings and must be drafted carefully (usually by an attorney) to properly state the factual as well as legal basis for the claim, although some states have approved complaint forms which can be filled in by an individual. A complaint also must follow statutory requirements as to form. For example, a complaint must be typed on a specific type of paper or on forms approved by the courts, name both the party making the claim and all defendants, and should state what damages or performance is demanded (the prayer). When the complaint is filed, the court clerk will issue a summons, which gives the name and file number of the lawsuit and the address of the attorney filing the complaint, and instructs the defendant that he/she/it has a specific time to file an answer or other re
sponse. A copy of the complaint and the summons must be served on a defendant before a response is required. Under a unique statute, New York allows a summons to be served without a complaint. A complaint filing must be accompanied by a filing fee payable to the court clerk, unless a waiver based on poverty is obtained.


General Instructions:

Filing Fees

Documents - Forms Must Be Printed On One Side

Civil Forms

Juvenile Forms - To be used in Delinquent, Unruly, Traffic, Dependent, Neglect and Abuse cases

Miscellaneous Forms