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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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.