Views of Hamilton County
Blue Rounded Corner
(Filing Fees effective July 1, 2016)
ADOPTIONS
Adoption/Guardianship (no service) $159.50
Adoption/Custody (no service) $159.50
Adoption/Custody-Guardianship (no service) $159.50
Adoption with service by our Sheriff *$246.50
Adoption without service or by private process server *$204.50
Adoption (Adult) w/o new birth certificate $159.50
Adoption – with service by Publication in Chatt.com *$329.50
Adoption – with service by Publication in Herald *$244.50
Adoption – with service by Publication in Times/Free Press *$329.50
*Includes the $45.00 for new birth certificate-effective July 1, 2015
DIVORCE WITH CHILDREN
Divorce w/ no service or by private process server $ 259.50
Divorce with service by Hamilton Co Sheriff $301.50
Divorce with service by our Sheriff of summons & Restraining Order $341.50
Divorce with publication - Herald $299.50
Divorce with publication - Times/Free Press $384.50
DIVORCE WITHOUT CHILDREN
Divorce w/ no service or by private process server
$ 184.50
Divorce with personal service by Hamilton County Sheriff $226.50
Divorce with service by our Sheriff of Summons and restraining order $266.50
Divorce with publication - Herald $224.50
Divorce with publication - Times/Free Press $309.50
FOREIGN DECREE & FOREIGN JUDGMENT
With Service on One Defendant by Sheriff
Without Service or by private process or out of co. Sheriff
$201.50
$159.50
LEGITIMATION:
With Service by Sheriff of Hamilton Co.
Without Service or by private process or out of co. Sheriff
$201.50
$159.50
MINOR SETTLEMENTS $159.50
NAME CHANGE $159.50
PETITION FOR CONTEMPT with service by our sheriff $ 115.00
PETITION FOR CONTEMPT without service or by private process server $ 75.00
PETITION TO MODIFY with service by our sheriff $ 115.00
PETITION TO MODIFY without service or by private process server $ 75.00
RESTORATION OF CITIZENSHIP $159.50
REMOVAL OF MINORITY $159.50
WORKER’S COMPENSATION SETTLEMENT $ 209.50
WORKER’S COMPENSATION $ 209.50
SERVICE FEES
COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE $ 15.00
SECRETARY OF STATE (per defendant served) $ 20.00
OUT OF COUNTY SHERIFF FOR SUMMONS $ 42.00
OUT OF COUNTY SHERIFF FOR  RESTRAINING ORDER $ 42.00
PUBLICATION BY THE HERALD $ 40.00
PUBLICATION BY THE TIMES/FREE PRESS $125.00
(Filing Fees effective July 1, 2016)

Unless otherwise specified, fees in civil cases should be paid in advance. Cost bonds only allowed where indicated
CIRCUIT COURT CIVIL CASES
Category One Cases (bond may be used)    $227.00 + $57.50 Lit Tax = $284.50 plus service
Contracts, torts, personal injury, property damage, malpractice, wrongful death, employment discrimination, civil rights suits, tax disputes, special remedies and cases not otherwise specified.
Category Two Cases   $152.00 + 57.50 Lit Tax = $209.50 plus service
Workers comp cases (bond may be used); appeals to circuit from general sessions, city court and other courts or hearings; transfers from foreign counties, writs of mandamus; condemnation/inverse condemnation; & quo warranto actions.
Category Three Cases   $102.00 + 57.50 Lit Tax = $159.50 plus service
Adoptions, legitimations, paternity cases, termination of parental rights, & other domestic relations matters not otherwise designated, restoration of citizenship, name changes, minor settlements, enforcement of foreign judgments, and orders of protection (fees not required in advance), cross-fillings and counter complaints.
Category Four Cases    $75.00 + $40.00 Service through Ham Co Sheriff  = $115.00
Child support Enforcement and modification, interstate support cases, modification of parenting plan, civil contempt.
DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Order of Protection (fee is not paid in advance)   $102 + $ 57.50 Lit Tax = $159.50 plus service
Divorce (with minor children)   $202 + $ 57.50 Lit Tax = $259.50 plus service
Divorce (without minor children)   $127 + $57.50 Lit Tax = $184.50 plus service
MISCELLANEOUS OTHER CHARGES AND FEES
Post Judgment Requests $25.00
Applies to each requested garnishment, execution, levy, post judgment interrogatory, publication request, motions to set installment payments, and post judgment orders and pleas.
Subpoenas $6.00/Clerk plus $40/Sheriff = $46.00
Continuances (taxed at end of case) $7.00
Copies per page $ .50 per page
Mailing (certified or registered mail) Actual costs
Certification and Seal $5.00
Expungement $100.00
Preparing a Record on Appeal from Circuit Court to Appellate Court $300.00
Third Party Complaints Same Clerk's fee as Original
Counter & Cross Complaints $100.00
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