A-OK Parenting Class

No food or drinks are allowed in the school.

No children are permitted in the A-OK session

 

Pursuant to local rule 26.41, all parents involved in new domestic relations cases and such post-decree cases as the Court may deem appropriate shall be required to attend the A OK parenting class.  This one session class is designed to assist you, as a parent, to resolve issues that may arise in your relationship with your ex-spouse and your children.  

New Domestic Relations Cases:       After the filing of a complaint for divorce or a petition for dissolution of marriage in which minor children are involved and before said action will proceed to final hearing, every party seeking the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of minor children, and both parties seeking a dissolution, shall attend one session of a parenting class sponsored by the Common Pleas Court of Williams County, Ohio, Division of Domestic Relations.  

Post-Decree Domestic Relations Cases:       Before any motion for a change of allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, including visitation, will be set for final hearing, every party seeking any allocation of such parental rights and responsibilities shall attend the above referred to parenting class if they have not done so within the last two years immediately prior to the filing of such motion.  A certification of attendance will be filed in the case file for each participant after each class.  

Any litigant failing to complete the session within sixty (60) days of the filing of the original pleading may not be eligible to receive any allocation of parental rights.  In the event that no party to the action completes the session within said sixty (60) day period, the action will be dismissed for want of prosecution.   

Fee:     Effective September 1, 2001, the fee for attendance at said parenting class shall be thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per person.  In most cases, a deposit was posted with the Clerk of Courts at the time the original pleadings were filed which included the cost of the A OK Program.  In the event your pending case was filed without posting a deposit with the Clerk or if the deposit has been exhausted, you will be required to pay $35.00 for each adult to participate in A OK at the door on the date of your session.  

Scheduled Classes:     Upon the filing of a domestic relations case, the Assignment Commissioner will automatically schedule you for the next A OK Session.  You will receive written confirmation in the mail as to your class date and time.  It is extremely important to keep the Court up to date as to all parties current mailing addresses.  Williams County classes are held on the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and December.  Sessions will start promptly at 5:15 p.m. at the Bryan Middle School.  No one will be able to enter the classroom after the session has commenced.  In the event you are unavailable at the scheduled time, you must contact the Assignment Commissioner at 419-636-2644 or via e-mail at akimpel@wmsco.org immediately to reschedule.   

Unexcused absence from a scheduled session shall result in a Ten Dollar ($10.00) rescheduling fee being charged, which shall be assessed as additional Court costs and placed in the “Parenting Education Fund”.  

The A OK class is offered in several surrounding counties.  Please contact the domestic relations division of the county closest to you for details on their program.  Should it be more convenient for you to participate in a class outside of Williams County, please contact the Assignment Commissioner for removal from the Williams County class roster and to avoid assessment of costs for an unexcused absence.  At the conclusion of the out of county session, a certificate of attendance will be given to you.  Please retain this and provide it to the Williams County Clerk of Courts to be filed in your pending case.  

Non-Resident:   We understand some parties in a domestic relations case no longer reside in the State of Ohio.  If you are unable to attend the class in Williams County, you will be eligible to participate in a similar program in your area.  Please contact your local domestic relations court to inquire about current parenting programs.  Once completed, submit proof of attendance to the Williams County Clerk of Courts, One Courthouse Square, Bryan OH  43506.  If you do not attend the Williams County A-OK Program or a similar program, the Court may deny you parenting time with your child(ren).

Online A OK

The Court will consider allowing online A OK attendance under certain circumstances (examples: language barrier, out of state party, handicap, proof of financial hardship). After receiving the permission of the Court to attend online, parties can log in at http://assistingourkids.com/our-program and click the "sign up for A OK" link in the middle of the page. Please note that a $25.00 fee will be charged to attend A OK online (payable by credit card).

Please keep in mind that the What About Me Program is not available online. As stated below, if you have children between the ages of 5 and 17 who are required to attend the What About Me Program, the children must attend the live class held in either Williams or Henry Counties.

   

What About Me?

 Pursuant to local rule 26.61, if you have children ages 5 to 17 they will be required to attend the What About Me? Program.  Parents are expected to bring their child(ren) with them for the What About Me session.  The parents will attend their A-OK session and afterwards participate in What About Me with their child(ren).   

Fee.     The fee for attendance at said What About Me? session shall be thirty dollars ($30.00) per attendee.  In most cases, a deposit was posted with the Clerk of Courts at the time the original pleadings were filed which included the cost of the What About Me? session.  In the event your pending case was filed without posting a deposit with the Clerk or if the deposit has been exhausted, you will be required to pay $30.00 for each child to participate in What About Me? at the door on the date of your session.  If you have a step-child(ren) you wish to participate in What About Me?, you will need to contact the Assignment Commissioner at 419-636-2644 or via e-mail at akimpel@wmsco.org to have them registered.  There will be a $30.00 fee, per child, to be paid at the door for any step-child(ren) you register to attend this program.  

Attendance:.   Attendance at What About Me? shall be mandatory.  The Court may impose appropriate sanctions as in Rule 26.44 for failure to comply.