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 (6/1/20) – Trials and Evidentiary Hearings will proceed in-person. All other hearings and conferences will be conducted through Zoom. Read more at the link.

Medina County Domestic Relations Court (4/15/20) – Attendance at all hearings except CPO hearings will be through GoToMeeting when possible. Court must pre-authorize parties and counsel before entering the courthouse for any in-person hearings. Court is now accepting filings by fax and email.

Portage County Domestic Relations Court (Updated 5/7/20) – Temporary hearings, Status Conferences, and Pretrial hearings scheduled through July 31, 2020 will be conducted by video or telephone; final and evidentiary hearings will be determined on a case-by-case basis and continued or conducted by video or telephone; CPO ex-parte hearings will continue to be heard in-person on the same day as filing; Mediations by telephone only; GAL meetings by telephone or Skype; Children are Forever program shall be conducted remotely.

Stark County Family Law Court (Updated 5/11/20) – Effective May 11, the Court is operating under “Stage III” Phase-in, and is trying to catch up on its docket. See the link. Temporary orders are being conducted on affidavits and documents when sufficient affidavits have been filed, and counsel will have the opportunity to make arguments via phone conference. Domestic Relations hearings and proceedings in divorce, dissolution, custody, contempt, and child support cases are being phased-in starting with phone conferences to move the cases forward. Uncontested hearings, Dissolutions, and Pre-trial hearings may be heard electronically. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE STARK COUNTY FAMILY COURT IS REQUIRING ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE TO WEAR FACE MASKS AT ALL TIMES.

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.

New Message Regarding COVID-19 Issued by Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor

Message From Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Supreme Court of Ohio COVID-19 Guidance – October 28, 2020 “Dear Colleagues,   Several judges and magistrates have asked if there is additional guidance from the Supreme Court in light of the spiking numbers of COVID-19 cases and the hospital admissions.    The guidance remains the same. Your first consideration asContinue reading

Summit County Domestic Relations Court Coronavirus Update – June 1, 2020

The Summit County Domestic Relations court updated their court procedures policies on June 1, 2020, changing the manner in which the court is conducting hearings in its cases. Trials and evidentiary hearings will now be conducted in-person in the courthouse. The following changes in court policies and procedures are made effective Monday June 1, 2020:Continue reading

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

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