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Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko

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Employment History

  • Chief Judge
    First Circuit Family Court
  • President
    West Virginia Family Court Association
  • Family Court Judge
    1st Judicial Circuit
  • Family Law Master
    1st Judicial Circuit
  • President
    Family Court Association
  • Judge

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Executive Committee
    West Virginia Family Judicial Association


  • West Virginia College of Law
  • Bethany College
  • Weir Senior High School
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Chernenko announces re-election ..., 12 Jan 2008 [cached]
Chernenko announces re-election bid
From staff reports
Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko announced in a press release she is seeking re-election to the First Circuit Family Court.
Chernenko currently is the chief judge of the First Circuit Family Court, which consists of Hancock, Brooke, and Ohio counties, and hears cases involving divorce, legal separation, custody, alimony, child support, division of marital property and debts, paternity, infant guardianship and name change, and domestic violence.
Chernenko first was elected to the bench in 2002.
"I was very proud that the voters of the First Circuit entrusted me with this position of public service, so important to the families of our area," Chernenko said.
According to the release, Chernenko "has been the principal force" in new programs for the court, including a class for parents dealing with the emotional issues children face during divorce and a mediation program to help parents resolve custody disputes without a trial.The release continues to say that the West Virginia Legislature made mediation and parent education mandatory statewide after the implementation of the programs in the First Circuit.
"I learned about other states' mediation programs and believed that such a program would benefit our families in the First Circuit.It has been a tremendous help because it allows the parents to develop a parenting schedule tailored to their family's needs, while avoiding the costs of litigation," Chernenko said.
The West Virginia Supreme Court also named Chernenko to a committee to establish a program to help families with chronic custody problems that result in many returns to court.
"The Supreme Court has selected the First Circuit as a pilot project for this incredible program.It will be an intensive six weeks of classes, which will educate and counsel parents who have not been able, long term, to resolve their conflicts.I was pleased to be asked by the Supreme Court to pioneer this program here in the Northern Panhandle.It will be a major improvement in the lives of families embroiled in custody disputes," Chernenko said.
Chernenko has served as a member of the West Virginia Family Judicial Association's Executive Committee for more than ten years and was elected president from 2000 to 2002.
Chernenko was born and raised in Weirton and earned her juris doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1981.She worked for the Honorable John H. Kamlowsky, United States bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1981 to 1982 and practiced family law from 1982 to 1999 at the firm of William E. Watson and Associates.
Chernenko currently resides in Wellsburg with her husband Marc, who practices law with William E. Watson and Associates.
Chernenko Seeks 1st Judicial Circuit Family Court Post - - The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register, 29 Jan 2002 [cached]
Family Court Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko has announced her candidacy as a Democrat in this year's primary election for the position of Family Court Judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit, Division One.
Chernenko described her reasons for filing for the newly created position.
"I have served in the Family Court for the past five years.Before that, during my 15 years practicing law, I represented clients who were experiencing the distress of domestic issues.
"I am committed to fairness and continued improvement of the family court system in the Northern Panhandle, and believe that as a Family Court Judge, I will be able to continue to work toward those goals."
The 1st Judicial Circuit will serve as one of four pilot projects areas designated by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to provide a counseling session for children of divorce.
Governor Bob Wise appointed Chernenko to a term of office that began in January and will extend until Jan. 1, 2003.
Chernenko had served as Family Law Master for the 1st Judicial Circuit since Sept. 1, 1996.
From 1999 to 2001 Chernenko served as president of the West Virginia Family Court Association, an organization comprised of the family law masters of the state.
As president she was the primary representative of the association in dealings with the West Virginia Legislature during the 2001 legislative sessions in which the new Family Court was created.
In 1999, Chernenko joined a delegation of West Virginia legislators and judiciary in attending the National Conference for Juvenile and Family Court Judges in St. Louis, a conference focusing on the importance of a Unified Family Court.
Since the passage of the West Virginia Family Court Amendment in November 2000, Chernenko has served on the Supreme Court's Family Court Legislative Committee and the Committee on Transfer of Domestic Violence Jurisdiction.
She is also a member of a statewide workgroup designed to improve judicial response to cases involving violence against children and a member of the National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
She has been selected by the West Virginia Supreme Court to train new family court judges and family case coordinators in domestic violence law, shared parenting law and other areas of family law.
She is a 1981 graduate of the West Virginia College of Law, a 1978 graduate of Bethany College, and a 1974 graduate of Weir Senior High School in Weirton.She and her husband, attorney Marc B. Chernenko, reside in Wellsburg.
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The women also heard from Joyce ..., 26 Sept 2009 [cached]
The women also heard from Joyce Chernenko, family court judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit; state Sen.
Chernenko Sworn to Post Of Family Law Judge For First Judicial Circuit - - The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register, 29 Dec 2001 [cached]
Joyce Chernenko was sworn in Friday as a family law judge who will serve the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia.
Chief Judge Arthur Recht, with other 1st Circuit judges Martin Gaughan and James Mazzone looking on, swore in Chernenko, who will have to run in the next election to retain her position.She is a Democrat.
Chernenko, of Wellsburg, was appointed to the position on Oct. 1, 1999, by Gaughan.
"I thought she had great qualifications,'' said Gaughan, who worked with Chernenko was she was a family law master.
Chernenko explained that prior to these changes, the family law masters made recommendations to the judges, but now the law judges will be making the final decisions.
"I'd like to thank my family and friends who have supported my career path and it's nice they've come here for this,'' said Chernenko in front of a crowded Brooke County courtroom.
She also thanked the circuit judges and several elected officials for their help over the years and also while she served for two years as president of the Family Court Association.
Other officials and attorneys throughout the 1st Judicial Circuit also were in attendance.
"Today is a milestone.I'm very pleased to be able to serve the citizens of the First Circuit,'' said Chernenko, "and also pleased to be one of 35 family law judges who are being sworn in across the state.'' She explained that the number of law judges in the districts depends on the case loads.
Attorney William Watson, who Chernenko worked with for 15 years, presented her with an engraved gavel, which marked the date of being sworn in to the position, which is a six-year term.
Chernenko earned a law degree from West Virginia University in 1981.
"We serve the counties in the 1st Circuit,'' explained Chernenko Friday.
The offices are located in the Ohio County Courthouse annex in Wheeling.
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Jessica Lyne Swann and Michael Patrick ..., 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
Jessica Lyne Swann and Michael Patrick Timothy Skywatcher were united in marriage Saturday, Dec. 31, at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, with Judge Joyce D. Chernenko officiating the double-ring ceremony.
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