Administrative Judge

Administrative Judge

Katarina Cook

Judge Katarina Cook is a proud resident of Akron and a product of the Akron Public Schools. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar that same year. Read More…

Judge

Judge

Kani Harvey Hightower

Judge Kani Harvey Hightower was elected as a Summit County Domestic Relations Court Judge on November 8, 2022. She was an Akron Municipal Court magistrate from January 2020 through December 2022. She worked as a private trial attorney in numerous counties for over fourteen years in the areas of family, juvenile, criminal, civil, and probate law Read More…

ABOUT THE COURT

The Summit County Domestic Relations Court serves residents of Summit County, Ohio.  The court’s jurisdiction includes:

  • Cases involving divorce, dissolution, and annulment;
  • Parentage cases (never married parents), third-party legal custody, and visitation for parents, grandparents, and third-parties;
  • Child support;
  • Civil protection and dating violence orders.

Read more about the court.

Civil Protection Orders

Should you file a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order OR a Dating Violence Protection Order?

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Learn how to Serve (Notify) the Respondent that an Ex Parte Civil Protection Order or Dating Violence Protection Order has been issued.

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Learn how to prepare for an Evidentiary or Full Hearing once an Ex Parte CPO or Dating Violence Protection Order has been issued.

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Contact Us

The Summit County Domestic Relations Court is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Summit County Domestic Relations Court
205 S. High Street
Akron, Ohio 44308

Phone: (330) 643-2365

Guardian Ad Litem Fees

Guardian Ad Litem Fees   Judge Katarina Cook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2022 MEDIA CONTACT: Brittany Durieux Community Outreach Director (330) 643-2359 bdurieux@drcourt.org   (Summit County, Ohio) – Effective January 3, 2023, the Summit County Domestic...

Agreed Judgment Entries and Mediation Fees Press Release

Agreed Judgment Entries and Mediation Fees Judge Katarina Cook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2022 MEDIA CONTACT: Brittany Durieux Community Outreach Director (330) 643-2359 bdurieux@drcourt.org (Summit County, Ohio) – Beginning January 2, 2023, the Summit County...

Children’s Drop-In Center Now Open Monday Through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Summit County Domestic Relations Court, Victim Assistance Program Partner to Improve Victim Services   (Summit County, Ohio) — The Summit County Domestic Relations Court and Victim Assistance Program of Summit County are working together to better serve...

FAMILY RECOVERY COURT PROGRAM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH Y-STRONG PROGRAM

Pictured:  Children of a Family Recovery Court Program participant enjoy pool-time at the Akron Area YMCA as part of the Y-Strong program (Left); Domestic Relations Judge Katarina Cook and Magistrate Cheryl Wear pictured with the Akron Area YMCA’s Chief Development...

Family Recovery Court Program in the news

The Akron Beacon Journal featured and article about the Family Recovery Court Program at the Summit County Domestic Relations Court. The article can be read at this link:...