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Every Ohio court is adopting individual policies and procedures regarding the COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) outbreak.

In order to keep our clients up-to-date regarding their cases, we have collected links to Northeast Ohio courts’ coronavirus announcements and information for a number of courts throughout Northeast Ohio. This is not a comprehensive list of all courts in the region.

The links below will take you to the each court’s information web page regarding their policies during this pandemic. For the courts in which we practice, I have briefly summarized each court’s policies.

Coronavirus Information from Northeast Ohio Courts (in alphabetical order):

Alliance Municipal Court (Stark)

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

Cuyahoga County Probate Court

Massillon Municipal Court (Stark)

Medina County Domestic Relations Court (4/15/20 – still in place as of 2/10/2021) – Attendance at hearings will be through the court’s teleconference system, when possible. Court must pre-authorize any parties and counsel before they will be permitted to enter the courthouse for final hearings or dissolution hearings.

Portage County Domestic Relations Court (12/31/2020) – Temporary hearings, Status Conferences, and Pre-Trial hearings through March 31, 2021 will be conducted by videoconference or telephone; final and evidentiary hearings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and per court orders; Mediations by videoconference; GAL meetings by telephone or Skype.

Stark County Common Pleas Court Emergency Order

Stark County Family Law Court (Updated 10/29/2020) – Many hearings continue to be conducted via teleconference, however, certain hearings may be ordered to be conducted in person by the Court. Uncontested hearings, Dissolutions, and Pre-trial hearings may be heard electronically or by teleconference. Temporary Orders will be issued on affidavits and motions of the parties. 

Stark County Probate Court

Summit County Common Pleas Court (1/28/2021)

Summit County Domestic Relations Court (Latest Release: 6/01/2020) – Trials, Evidentiary Hearings, and CPO hearings will be held in person. All other hearings will be conducted through Zoom video conference unless otherwise ordered by the court. Up-to-date information can be found at the link. The Court’s updates can be found at https://drcourt.org/wp/covid19/. Required parenting classes are now available online.

Summit County Probate Court (As of 2/10/2021) – The court requests that parties use eFiling; social distancing will be enforced in the courthouse. Adoption hearings will be conducted by Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Name Change hearings will be waived for the foreseeable future.  The Help Desk is cancelled until further notice. Where appropriate, all  hearings will be  held by telephone or video conference.  The judge or magistrates will decide if in person hearings are required, on a case by case basis.  Social distancing will be required in the courtroom.

Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) (As of 2/10/2021) – Effective March 17, 2020, the Summit County CSEA has suspended face-to-face access at their offices. All communications will be through phone, email, or their web portal. Administrative hearings will be conducted by telephone. Child support payments can be made online, by phone, by mail, by mobile app, or at MoneyGram locations. More information can be found at the PDF document in link.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio


Grisi & Budde remains open for business and is accepting new clients from Summit, Medina, Portage, and Stark Counties in Ohio. Schedule a consultation anytime by clicking on this link, call us at (330) 535-8171, or send us an email through our website.

UPDATED 2/10/2021.

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