As we’re sure you’ve seen, Governor DeWine has issued a Stay-at-Home Order, hoping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Courts are to remain open with enough personnel for basic functioning. That means they are continuing to accept filings state-wide. However, each Court will be handling things differently. Most Courts are only having emergency hearings. You can find the list of restrictions for each respective Court here:
This list is being updated regularly, so the plan for yesterday isn’t the same as the plan for tomorrow.
For existing clients, if you have a question about your hearing date, please call or contact Michelle with your questions.
Wishing you the best of health.
Effective March 24, 2020 and through at least April 6, 2020, Governor DeWine has issued a Stay-At-Home Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
That Order specifically states that traveling to exchange children pursuant to a Court Order is Essential Travel.
14. Essential Travel.
e. Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.
The full text of the Order can be found here:
Parties should continue to follow their parenting time Orders. Further, despite Governor DeWine characterizing the school closures as an ‘extended Spring Break’, both Greene and Montgomery County have stated specifically that the 2020 Spring Break is ONLY that time which was scheduled by the school calendar as Spring break and not any additional time caused by the school closures.
You can find continuing and updated information from each Court here:
Be smart. Keep yourself and your children safe.
If you have any questions about your parenting time order or how things should be handled, please call the office or email Michelle.
Wishing you all the best of health.
As you’re surely aware, Governor DeWine has issued a Stay-at-Home order effective March 24, 2020. Legal services is listed as an Essential Business under Section 12u.
Our office will remain open, but we are following the recommended precautions and adding a few of our own. In addition to nightly cleaning and copious amounts of hand-washing, we are limiting our time in the office and asking that people not stop by without calling first. We will arrange a time to meet with you and ensure that everything gets a good wipe down before you arrive and after you leave.
We are still taking new client appointments. Our rooms and areas are large enough for appropriate social distancing. We also offer telephone consultations as well as both Skype and FaceTime appointments.
For our protection and yours, we ask that if you’re sick or if you’ve been exposed, please stay home.
The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O’Connor, gave a press conference today about Court access and precautions regarding COVID-19. Courts will remain open although access may be limited. Access and precautions will be determined on a court by court basis. Many Courts have already issued specific orders. They are all linked here at the Ohio Judicial Conference website.
Of note, Clerk’s Offices are still open for the filing of new actions and motions on existing cases.
For my existing clients, please don’t hesitate to contact my office with questions regarding your impending hearing date. Our office remains open, although we are taking all of the appropriate disinfecting and social distancing precautions.
We are continuing to have in person office appointments, but also offering FaceTime, Skype and telephone appointments.
The legal process might have slowed down, but all of our lives go on.
We wish you all the best of health.
Like everyone, our office is concerned with the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. We are taking all recommended precautions, but wanted to share some information.
To date, all courthouses are open and continuing operation. To our clients, if you have an upcoming hearing and believe there may be an issue attending, call us as soon as possible.
Our office is currently open. We have janitorial services every evening cleaning the office, but will also be wiping down doorknobs and communal surfaces throughout the day. We are washing our hands at regular intervals and offering a place for our clients to wash their hands as well. We are limiting our physical contact with others, so please don’t be insulted if we don’t shake hands.
If needed, we are happy to schedule existing and new client appointments by telephone, Skype or FaceTime. Just reach out to us to schedule.
Hopefully these precautions will slow the spread of COVID-19.
We at Maciorowski Law, LLC wish you all well during this trying time.
We’ve all experienced either the traumatic illness or death of a loved one. It’s a terrible, emotional and confusing time. Having a will and powers of attorney can help alleviate the stress you and your loved ones may experience. Clients, especially newly divorced ones, often delay in changing their estate documents, which can lead to confusion and litigation should a tragedy occur. Our office can prepare those documents for you, quickly and easily. Please contact us to make an appointment today.
Ohio Revised Code 3109.051(G) requires that, “If the residential parent intends to move to a residence other than the residence specified in the parenting time order or decree of the court, the parent shall file a notice of intent to relocate with the court that issued the order or decree. …. the court shall send a copy of the notice to the parent who is not the residential parent. Upon receipt of the notice, the court, on its own motion or the motion of the parent who is not the residential parent, may schedule a hearing with notice to both parents to determine whether it is in the best interest of the child to revise the parenting time schedule for the child.”
When parents are working well together, they will often be able to work out these relocation issues on their own with minimal Court involvement, and sometimes no Court involvement at all. However, there are those situations when the residential parent intends to relocate to another state or even just several hours away. If you’re intending to relocate, or the residential parent of your child has informed you they intend to relocate with the child, it’s important that you understand the process and your legal obligations regarding that relocation.
And why do I mention relocation? Well, Maciorowski Law has moved! We are firmly ensconced in our new location at 7333 Paragon Road, Suite 170, Centerville, Ohio 45459. Our move has taken us only 2.3 miles away from our prior offices. Feel free to stop by and see the new digs. We are accepting new clients.
It’s become more and more common for parents to enter into Shared Parenting rather than one parent having legal custody of a child. Oftentimes, parents reside in the same school district. Difficulties arise when one parent relocates to another district. Whenever possible, it’s best for the parents to attempt to work out these problems without Court involvement. Issues such as enrollment, transportation to and from school, and to and from activities are specific to each family, and within each family, each child. The first step when these problems arise should be to sit down and speak with the other parent and try to work out a solution.
However, if you’ve tried that and not been able to agree, you may need to seek legal advice and a Court order. At Maciorowski Law, we can advise if and when you should file regarding these issues, or in the alternative, advise you on how to best approach the matter with the other parent. If you’re having these problems, please call and schedule a consultation.
Separating parents wants to spend the maximum amount of time with their children, oftentimes proposing week on/week off or a 5/5/2/2 plan. When considering the time split for the children, it’s important to acknowledge that children have their own lives and own activities, especially as they grow older. A poorly drafted parenting time schedule could result in one parent’s time being eaten away with activities, sports and events. We can help you work out the best parenting time arrangement for you and your children.