Harrison County, Ohio

Juvenile Court

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Honorable Matthew P. Puskarich
Juvenile Court Judge

Paige Wood
Court Administrator
(740) 942-2088

Shelly Sheposh
Chief Deputy Clerk
(740) 942-8862

Chace Smith
Juvenile Probation Officer
(740) 942-8515

Magistrate's Court  
Magistrate's Court handles child support matters ONLY

Costa D. Mastros
Magistrate

Michele Sliva
Magistrate's Clerk
(740) 942-1336

Harrison County Juvenile Court

The Purpose and mission of the Juvenile Court is defined in Ohio Revised Code Section 2151.01 and 2152.01 as follows:

  • To provide for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of children;
  • To protect the public interest and safety, hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions, restore the victim, and rehabilitate juvenile offenders;
  • To achieve the foregoing purposes, whenever possible, in the family environment, separating the child from its parents only when necessary for his/her welfare, or in the interests of public safety;
  • To provide judicial procedures through which Chapter 2151 and 2152 of the Revised Code are executed and enforced, and in which parties are assured of a fair hearing, and their constitutional and other legal rights are recognized and enforced.


Matters Handled by the Harrison County Juvenile Court:

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Unruly
  • Juvenile Truancy
  • Juvenile traffic Offenses
  • Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Offenses
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities (Custody; Visitation; Child Support*)
  • Grandparent Power of Attorney
  • Caretaker Authorization
  • Civil Protection Orders against Juvenile Offenders


 

*The Juvenile Court Staff cannot Provide legal advice or make recommendations for legal counsel.

Juvenile Probation Services:

The juvenile Court Probation Department is entrusted by our community to serve and support the youth and families of Harrison County.  We are committed to assist in the development of today's youth in becoming tomorrow's leaders and productive citizens through utilizing:

  • Accountability
  • Education
  • Community Services
  • Family Support and Guidance

Forms:

Complaint for Parental Rights and Responsibilities  (New Custody/Visitation)

Motion for Change of Existing Court Order for Custody

Motion for Change of Existing Court Order for Parenting Time  (Visitation)

Motion for Contempt of Existing Court Order

Grandparent Power of Attorney  (signed by a parent of the youth, granting power of Attorney to a Grandparent.  Must be filed with the Juvenile Court)

Caretaker Authorization  (filed by a Grandparent when both parents are absent and unavailable to grant Power of Attorney.  Must be filed with the Juvenile Court)

Local Parenting Guidelines

Long Distance Parenting Guidelines

Filing Fees

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