Family Recovery Court

This court offers a voluntary treatment program for parents with a chemical dependency or mental health issue whose actions negatively affect the parenting of their minor children.  Program participants will be provided with the opportunity for treatment, as well as taught how to maintain sobriety or mental health wellness, and will be provided with supports in the community and in the court.  The program also gives participating parents a graduated parenting time schedule, in the best interest of their child, as they make strides in their recovery. The other parent will be notified by the Family Recovery Court Program of the participating parent’s progress.

Eligibility Requirements:

All cases, including parentage, are eligible, except if/when:

  • Potential participant parent (PPP) does not voluntarily agree to participate in FRC
  • The case is under the jurisdiction of another court
  • The PPP is a registered sex offender
  • The PPP is deemed inappropriate for the program based on the Court’s discretion

For more information, please email familyrecoverycourt@drcourt.org 

Education Programs for Court Involved Parents

Working Together

Working together to cooperate in parenting children is the most important investment parents can make in the future of the children.  The Working Together Program helps parents who have never married understand their legal rights and responsibilities regarding their children.   Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Working Together Program is temporarily suspended. 

Remember the Children

Married parents of minor children who file for divorce or dissolution are required to attend the virtual Remember the Children program.   The program is designed to educate parents about the effects of divorce on their children.

The Remember the Children Program objectives are:

    1. Help divorcing parents become aware of the impact of divorce on their children, including the long-range effects that can stem from even subtle manipulation, abuse or neglect.
    2. Help divorcing parents become aware to the importance of communication with their children, and with the other parent, during the divorce process.
    3. Help divorcing parents become aware of techniques to promote communication.
    4. Help divorcing parents become aware of programs and services available in Summit County to assist them through this crisis
    5. Help divorcing parents understand their children’s social, emotional and developmental needs during and after divorce.

Click here to access the Remember the Children online program.

 

Family Court Services

Guardians ad Litem

A guardian ad litem is a professional assigned by the court to assess a family’s situation and fitness in cases of legal custody.  Guardians ad litem may be lawyers, social workers, or other professionals who have extensive experience working with children and families.  Once their assessment is complete, a guardian will make a recommendation to the court in the children’s best interest.

Informal Proceedings

This court offers a mediation type program for parents dealing with minor disagreements or problems with their existing shared parenting plan.  Informal Proceedings may allow parents to reach agreement without filing a formal motion through the court.  Interested parties can download an application here or contact Family Court Services at (330) 643-2355 for more information.