Using a Private Judge for Divorce

Using private judges in a divorce can be less stressful, more convenient, and private. Private judges are hired directly by the clients, and the process is more informal and faster than a public divorce.

Are you concerned about your privacy or your family’s privacy in an upcoming divorce hearing? If you’re worried about having your personal life and divorce terms in a public courtroom, Ohio law allows divorcing couples to hire a private judge to hear their divorce case. If both parties agree on most or all joint issues, then you should consider hiring a private judge who will hold divorce proceedings in an office or conference room setting.

Benefits to working with a private judge include:

  • Convenience – Private judges are able to accommodate your schedules. With a public court, hearings are scheduled by the court and are difficult, if not impossible, to reschedule.
  • Privacy – Private judges conduct business in an office setting, without spectators or the next hearing participants waiting for their turn to go before the courtroom judge.
  • Less stress – Dissolutions with private judges are faster and more informal. You won’t need to go to a public courthouse or courtroom.
  • Cost – both parties to a divorce proceeding share the cost equally for a private judge. Remember that there are costs associated with a public divorce proceeding, and a private judge may be the same or less than a public hearing.

Finding a Private Judge

Working with a private judge sounds like a good solution in my case, but how do I find a judge for my case? Working with a qualified attorney who has client experience with private judges should be your first step.


Richard P. Arthur, Attorney at Law, has 29 years of experience advocating for Dayton and Trotwood clients throughout the divorce process, including working with private judges. He and his firm understand how complicated divorce can be and take pride in representing with care and compassion. Call 937-254-3738 to learn how his experience can work for you.