Court Policies and Procedures During CoronaVirus Outbreak – Summit, Stark, Medina, and Portage Domestic Relations Courts

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 the information for the specific courts in which we currently have active cases. This is not a comprehensive list of all courts in these counties.

The links below will take you to the each court’s information web page regarding their policies during this outbreak. I have very briefly summarized each court’s policies.

Summit Domestic Relations Court (3/13/20) – Initial Pretrials and Settlement Conferences will be by telephone only; Temporary Order Hearings shall be by telephone only; Court requests that Uncontested and Dissolution hearings be in-person, but will consider permitting Skype attendance upon request; CPO hearings in-person but parties and counsel only; Trials and Evidentiary hearings will be in-person.

Summit County Probate Court (3/17/20) – The court requests that parties use eFiling; many court appearances can be changed to telephone status conferences; non-essential hearings may be continued upon the filing of a motion.

Stark County Family Law Court (Word Doc) (Updated 3/19/20) – Parties and counsel are not to be present at pretrials or temporary hearings & parties can waive pretrials if desired; Court will entertain requests to appear by telephone or video conference; no persons with a fever >100 or close contact with persons known to be infected with COVID-19 will be permitted to enter the courthouse.

Medina County Domestic Relations Court (3/12/20) – 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 (3/17/20) – Temporary hearings, Status Conferences, and Pre-Trial hearings will be conducted by telephone only; final and evidentiary hearings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis; Mediations by telephone only; GAL meetings by telephone or Skype; March 21, 2020 parenting class is cancelled.

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.

UPDATED 3/19/2020.