Deciding whether to terminate your marriage can be difficult and stressful enough without a pandemic causing additional financial pressures on your household. If you are thinking about terminating your marriage, you may be wondering whether this is even possible during the COVID-19 pandemic given the current “stay at home” order.
Although many courts in Ohio are closed to non-emergency hearings, depending on your county of residence, there may be other ways to proceed in terminating your marriage. Some courts will allow a person to “appear” by telephone or by videoconference and some courts will allow for a private judge to reside over your case.
Even if you live in a county where telephone and video hearings are not possible, this does not mean your divorce/dissolution needs to come to a complete halt. There are many things that can be done outside of the court to progress the termination of your marriage, i.e. negotiating, attending mediation, exchanging of financial documents, preparing the necessary pleadings to file, etc.
At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., our attorneys are available to discuss and help you progress through this unprecedented time. We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding a divorce or dissolution, including, but not limited to, financial matters, custodial arrangements, and what you can expect from your county court.