What We Do
This court handles all filings and hearings for the admission of wills, the administration of estates, applications for and administration of guardianships and conservatorships, adult protective services actions, administration of mental illness cases, adoptions, name changes, minor settlement cases, and wrongful death cases. Additionally, this court issues marriage licenses.
***ATTENTION MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICANTS***
THE FOLLOWING IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WISHING TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN THE WOOD COUNTY PROBATE COURT DURING THE CURRENT PANDEMIC
1. THERE ARE NO WALK-INS. APPLICATIONS FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES ARE FINALIZED AND REVIEWED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
2. To begin the marriage license process, applicants should first provide the Wood County Probate Court with the following information: The date of marriage; the circumstances requiring the issuance of the license during the current pandemic; the location of the ceremony; and the name and contact information of the officiant. This information should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org ; by regular mail; or by drop off at the court. NOTE: COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION WILL NOT TRIGGER THE SCHEDULING OF AN APPOINTMENT. Applicants should first contact the court as described here to begin the application appointment process.
3. All applicants are reminded to consult the current Department of Health’s directives relative to travel prior to traveling to and into the Wood County Courthouse and Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health’s current directives as to travel will be considered during the application process.
4. Once approved, an appointment shall be scheduled for the parties to appear. Every effort will be made to enforce social distancing with staff and other members of the public during the appointment.
5. Documentation of identification, residency, and proof of divorce (where applicable) must be provided by drop off, regular mail, or electronically prior to the scheduled appointment for a license.
6. Applicants are reminded for Ohio residents, by state law, you must apply for your marriage license in the county in which one of you resides. You are then able to be married anywhere in the State of Ohio. If both applicants are out-of-state residents and wish to apply in Wood County, the marriage must occur in Wood County. See R.C. 3101.05(A)
7.In instances where a marriage license has already been obtained, but a wedding is not able to be completed within the required 60-day period because of the pandemic, the same applicants may reapply without charge for a period of one year from the date their original license was issued.
8.Unless modified herein, all other statutory, jurisdictional, and venue related laws applicable to marriage licenses remain in effect.
Click here to see an important administrative order from Judge Woessner in response to the coronavirus emergency.
Click here to see the important administrative order signed by all Common Pleas Court Judges arising from the coronavirus situation.
EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 ALL PERSONS ENTERING PUBLIC AREAS OF THE WOOD COUNTY COURTHOUSE COMPLEX AND THE WOOD COUNTY PROBATE COURT MUST BE WEARING A FACE MASK OR COVERING. MEDICAL SCREENING QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED UPON ENTERING THE WOOD COUNTY COURTHOUSE COMPLEX.
Wood County Probate Court remains open for essential business.
Walk-ins: Limited to emergency filings and approved marriage licenses made by appointment only (see info above)
A drop-in basket for initial actions and non-emergency pleadings is provided just inside the Probate office.
All other business should be handled by phone, e-mail, or regular mail.
With regard to currently scheduled hearings, we are actively monitoring our court docket for cases which may be continued or converted to a phone hearing. If a case is continued on the court’s motion, we will notify you. You may also proactively file a motion to continue a hearing to which you are a party. This may be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to 419-354-9357.
Finally, if you must visit the office, you will see measures have been put in place for your health and ours. In normal times, we strive to bring you the best public service we can. In these extraordinary times, we appreciate your understanding of these decisions and appreciate your flexibility.
If you are interested in a rewarding volunteer career, Wood County Probate Court is seeking individuals to serve as guardians of incompetent adults in our community. Training is provided. An application can be found here. For more information, contact Jennifer Robeson at 419-354-9230.
The information provided in this web site is a time sensitive copy of certain records and may not reflect the most recent updates to the actual records. The Wood County Probate Court shall not be liable for losses or damages resulting from errors, omissions, or discrepancies in these records. The official records are located in the Wood County Probate Court, second floor of the Wood County Court House, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
The Wood County Probate Court personnel are prohibited by law to provide legal advice or assist in filling out forms.