Our collection of information relating to the Coronavirus outbreak’s impact on divorce, custody, and family law cases in Ohio.

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Northeast Ohio Court Announcements

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Quick Links for Our Clients:

Summit Domestic Relations Court (4/13/20) – All hearings except for CPO hearings will be conducted through Zoom. Read more at the link.

Medina County Domestic Relations Court (4/15/20) – Attendance at hearings will be through teleconference system when possible. Court must pre-authorize parties and counsel before entering the courthouse for final hearings or dissolution hearings.

Portage County Domestic Relations Court (3/17/20) – Temporary hearings, Status Conferences, and Pretrial by telephone only; final and evidentiary hearings determined on a case-by-case basis; Mediations by telephone only; GAL meetings by telephone or Skype.

Stark County Family Law Court (Updated 3/30/20) – Domestic Relations trials, hearings and proceedings in divorce, dissolution, custody, contempt, and child support cases are suspended and continued until further order of the Court except CPO hearings. Uncontested hearings, Dissolutions, and Pre-trial hearings may be heard electronically. Temporary Orders will be issued on affidavits and motions of the parties.

Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) (3/17/20) – 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 through April 30, 2020. 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.

Stark County Update: Clerk of Courts Resumes Normal Hours

Louis Giavasis, the Clerk of Courts for Stark County, Ohio, issued the following press release today, May 14, 2020: For Immediate Release: Date: May 14, 2020Contact: Stark County Clerk of CourtsName: Louis P. Giavasis As a result of Ohio Governor DeWine beginning to “re-open” Ohio, I will be modifying the temporary hours in my LegalContinue reading

Update: Medina County Domestic Relations Court Issues New COVID-19 Order – April 15, 2020

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Judge Mary Kovack of the Medina County, Ohio, Domestic Relations Court issued an updated Order regarding the court’s procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download the order by clicking here. The content of the Order is as follows: IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEASDOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISIONMEDINA COUNTY, OHIO INContinue reading

Can I file for a Divorce or Dissolution during Ohio’s Lockdown?

Absolutely. Despite the uncertainty of the times and the Stay at Home order issued by Governor Dewine on March 23, you can still file for a divorce or dissolution in Ohio. [Click here to schedule a divorce or dissolution consultation with us online.] Although the domestic relations courts in Ohio have implemented some restrictions and safety protocols, theContinue reading

Grisi & Budde Offering Free Advanced Directives to Residents Age 60 and Over

We are proud to announce that we are launching a new initiative to support our local residents during the coronavirus outbreak. Starting today, April 7, 2020, we are offering to prepare Advanced Medical Directives – a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will – free of charge to residents of Summit, Stark, Portage,Continue reading

Stark County Family Court Updated Coronavirus Precautions and Policies – Eff. 3/24/2020

The Stark County Family Court issued the following release on March 30, 2020: DATE: March 30, 2020TO: Media ReleaseFROM: Judges James, Hall and NistSUBJECT: UPDATED Coronavirus (COVID 19) Precautions Effective March 24, 2020- April 30, 2020 when precautionary practices will be reassessed. As a result of the Governor declaring a state of emergency related toContinue reading

Ohio’s Stay at Home Order and Travel for Custody and Visitation

Does Ohio’s Stay at Home Order restrict travel to exchange children under court custody orders?

Other Coronavirus Links and Resources

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