Domestic Relations Court Magistrates

Pamela A. Heringhaus

Magistrate Pamela A. Heringhaus

Wood County Domestic Relations Court

Pamela A. Heringhaus is the chief magistrate at Wood County Domestic Relations. She has been a magistrate for the Wood County Common Pleas Court for 19 years and previously she has served as a referee at Wood County Juvenile Court.

Magistrate Heringhaus is the past president and a current board member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates. She serves as a trustee of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges’ association and as a member of the Ohio Judicial Council Domestic Relations Law and Procedure Committee. She has been active in several work groups of the Ohio Supreme Court that plan education and curriculum for the domestic relations judiciary; she was a member of the planning group for the Ohio Supreme Court’s Domestic Relations Summit and she has participated as a presenter for the Ohio Judicial College. She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Wood County Bar Association, the Florida State Bar and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). She was a charter member of the Ohio Chapter of AFCC and served as an officer for the new chapter. She has participated as a mentor in the Supreme Court program for new attorneys and she has also been active in the local community, acting as past president of several organizations.

Magistrate Heringhaus is instrumental in developing an annual educational program regarding domestic relations matters for the local bar association. She has instituted an educational program called Changing Families for the children who are experiencing divorce to help the children transition to two households. She has also created a program called Family Matters Mediation that provides an economical and efficient way to handle disputes by mediation for the parties to attempt to avoid litigation in the courtroom. She encourages the parties to be involved in working toward a resolution that will address both parties’ interests and provide a stable and secure arrangement for children of the marriage.


Magistrate Michael Hyrne

Magistrate Michael Hyrne

Wood County Domestic Relations Court

Michael Hyrne has served as a Magistrate for the Wood County Court of Common Pleas for ten years, handling primarily domestic relations cases. Following admission to the bar, he worked as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and was then engaged in private practice for 25 years. He was an instructor at the University of Toledo for 17 years.

In 2003 he was selected to create this Court’s Dispute Resolution and Mediation Program. For 15 years he has served as Mediator in numerous civil and domestic relations cases. He was appointed a Magistrate in 2008.

When deciding divorce and post-divorce cases, Magistrate Hyrne places an emphasis on assisting the parties to consider resolutions which allow them (as opposed to the Court) to determine the course of their family’s future.

Magistrate Hyrne is a member of the Ohio State, Wood County and Toledo Bar Associations and a Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has participated as a presenter for the Ohio Judicial College.