SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

I Want To Become a Guardian

I Want To Become a Guardian

Dec 3, 2014

Probate Court offers three types of guardianships depending on the needs and age of the proposed ward. An Adult Guardianship is established for a person over the age of 18 who is unable to manage their own care. Guardianship of a Minor is for a child under the age of 18 who has no living parents or whose parents are unable to properly care for the child. A third type, a Conservatorship, is established for a person who is mentally competent but has physical or some mental limitations. All potential guardians must complete appropriate forms to start the process. To view a series of helpful videos on guardianship, please click on: > Guardianship Training Videos   Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult is for an individual over 18 years old, (the proposed ward), who is “so mentally impaired and medically in need that they are incapable of taking proper care of themselves or their property.” A guardian may be appointed for the Person of the ward – making personal/medical decisions for them, for the Estate of the ward – making financial decisions or both. Potential guardians must pass a background check and present proof of incompetence of the proposed ward. Once a guardianship application is filed, and a medical assessment is complete, the Court will determine if a guardianship is in the best interest of the person in question. If so, the Court appoints a guardian. Follow this link for more information: Instructions for Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult The Court requires BCI Background Checks for all guardians which check for any past criminal record that would exclude an individual from becoming a guardian. For information on obtaining a BCI Background Check, click BCI Background Check. Once an individual becomes a guardian, the Court provides an initial training session as well as continued training on guardianship-related topics. The link below provides numerous training videos for guardians. Upon appointment as a guardian, you will receive a copy of our updated Guardian’s Handbook, which was revised on 02/01/2016. Guardian Handbook After appointment, a guardian has ongoing responsibilities including annual filings. A Guardian of the Estate must...

I Want To Adopt

I Want To Adopt

Dec 3, 2014

Helping a child and parent become a family is one of the most rewarding duties of the Court. Whether you are a two-parent family, a single parent or a stepparent, consider creating a loving “forever” bond with a child through adoption. Probate Court has the responsibility for finalizing all adoptions within Summit County, and depending on your personal situation, there are numerous ways to successfully adopt. Upon completion of a home study and all other legal requirements, Probate Court determines if the prospective parent is the right choice for this child. You will need legal counsel. Depending on your personal situation, there are seven avenues for completing an adoption or obtaining a Foreign Birth Record. The guidelines for each are listed below. Agency adoption is used when a child is placed by either a private adoption agency or a public children’s services agency. Agency Adoption   Private adoption is used when you seek to adopt a child who has yet to be born or has not been previously placed in your home. Private Adoption   Private adoption – legal placement is used when seeking to adopt a child who has been legally placed in your home by guardianship, custody, or is your grandchild. Private Adoption Placement   Stepparent adoption is used when the custodial parent’s new spouse petitions the Court to adopt. Stepparent Adoption   Foreign adoption is used when the parent(s) of a foreign born/adopted child petitions the State of Ohio to recognize the adoption and issue a birth certificate. Foreign Adoption   Adult adoption is used when an individual over 18 years old wishes to be adopted while meeting the criteria of the Ohio adopting laws. Adult Adoption   Request for a Foreign Birth Record is used when the parents of an adopted, foreign born child seek a foreign birth record (Ohio Birth Certificate). Request for Foreign Birth Record   Second Parent Adoption allows a same-sex parent to adopt his or her spouse’s biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent. Same-sex Adoption Chart Second Parent Adoption Second Parent Adoption Update Adoption – FAQ’s...

I’m Getting Married

I’m Getting Married

Dec 3, 2014

In Ohio, the Probate Court issues marriage licenses. Once the license is issued, it is valid for 60 days. If 60 days pass without getting married, the marriage license expires and you must reapply for a new license. A male who is at least eighteen years old and a female who is at least sixteen years old, who are no closer of kin than second cousins, may apply for a marriage license. When applying for a license, both applicants must appear at the Court.  The court will not issue a license to anyone who appears under the influence of drugs or alcohol.   Residency Requirements: If you plan to get married in Ohio, you must have an Ohio marriage license. Apply for your license in the County where either of you live. If you live outside Ohio, but plan to get married in Ohio, apply for a license in the County where the ceremony will take place. If you apply here, but your identification shows residency in another county, the Court requires proof of Summit County residency (Utility Bill, Cable Bill, Rental/Lease Agreement, Bank Statements, etc.)   Information Needed: Each applicant must provide their Social Security number (kept confidential), current address, age, birth date, place of birth, and birth names of each father and mother. If the birth name of the parent is unknown, you must bring your birth certificate to the Court. Applicants must have a valid government-issued photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, Military ID, or Green Card). Fill out the Marriage License Application and review all the information for accuracy. Print the completed application form. You and the person you are marrying must bring the completed application and all necessary information to the Summit County Probate Court. In order to process your application and issue a license, it is advised that you be at the Court no later than 3:45 p.m. To view a video on the Marriage Application process, please go to Marriage Video. Marriage License – FAQ’s   Previous Marriages: If your most recent marriage ended by divorce, dissolution or annulment, you must bring a CERTIFIED copy of the final decree or judgment entry to the Court at...