The Law Offices of Joel M. Mazel

(614) 975-5077

Law Offices of Joel M. Mazel

Columbus Family Law Attorney

60 West Columbus Street

Pickerington, Ohio 43147


Phone: (614) 975-5077


An innovative, accessible attorney who will protect your interests



In our family law practice, we have found that using a private judge in dissolution proceedings has many advantages over regular courthouse hearings. Many of our clients appreciate the confidentiality and convenience of private judging.


Ohio law provides for the use of private judges in civil matters (Revised Code section 2701.10). A private judge hearing proceeds just as a public hearing does – the only difference is that a private hearing is held in a conference room behind closed doors, away from the glare of publicity and spectators of a public court. In a private judge hearing, witnesses are sworn under oath, the parties’ attorneys make pleadings and motions, and the final judgment is legally valid and enforceable under Ohio law.


The advantages of using a private judge over public proceedings in divorce cases include:

Completely confidentiality

Reduces out-of-pocket cost

Faster than waiting on court

Flexible hearing schedules

Reduced client tensions

Convenient suburban location

At the Law Offices of Joel M. Mazel, we use innovative legal solutions to solve difficult legal problems.


To arrange for a free initial consultation with the Law Offices of Joel M. Mazel, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call us at 614-975-5077 or contact us online.

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