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Hamilton County Sheriff Announces Potential Charges For Non-Essential Businesses That Do Not Follow Orders

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil announced that non-essential businesses as defined by the State order that goes into effect tonight at midnight will face charges if they are caught remaining open more than once. He indicated that businesses would receive a warning if found to be operating, and if they are caught operating again will face charges. The sheriff also stated that deputies will not stop residents who are driving and will assume that they are traveling in accordance with the order. The penalty for violating this order is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. A copy of the order can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/directors-order-to-stay-at-home

Coronavirus ("COVID-19") Update: The Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Weighs In

Yesterday morning, we discussed changes in court policies and how some courts and jails across Ohio are working together to release low-risk inmates. Yesterday afternoon, during Governor DeWine's press conference, Ohio's Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor weighed in concerning the judicial system. While there is no uniform and binding order that all courts implement identical changes in their policies and procedures, Chief Justice O'Connor outlined recommendations for Ohio courts to follow.

How Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacted the Courts and Jails in Southwest Ohio?

Unfortunately, court policies and procedures have seemingly evolved day-by-day due to the coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic. The fact every court has implemented a unique policy adds to the frustration. Without uniformity in procedure, everyone must be extra diligent about knowing which cases will be pushed back and which cases will not be, based upon the type of hearing and which court.

Ohio to Close Most BMV's Due to Coronavirus

Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 18, 2020, that 181 BMV registrar offices will be close at the end of business that day. Five offices will remain open as they are essential and are able to issue and renew CDL's. As a result, Ohio drivers will not be able to renew their licenses. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, though, will not be ticketing for expired licenses while the BMV is closed. DeWine is also asking local law enforcement, such as the Cincinnati or Lebanon Police Departments, to follow suit. Drivers will still be able to utilize the BMV's online services to conduct other BMV business, such as renewing tags or paying reinstatement fees. This site can be reached via: https://services.dps.ohio.gov/BMVOnlineServices/

How does the Coronavirus affect parenting with an ex?

March 2020 is one for the books. We have gone from worrying about a week that began with a full moon and ended with Friday the 13th to this week we are all working from home and our kids may not go back to school for months. What does that mean for parenting with an ex-spouse and what, more importantly, does it mean for your kids?

Butler County Diversion Program - Coronavirus Update

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus outbreak, we understand that in-person classes are not ideal for the Butler County Prosecutor's diversion program. As a proactive firm, we reached out to the local educational providers to see what could be done to protect our client's health and wellness, as well as the community.

A Note from the Rittgers & Rittgers Domestic Relations team on the custody implications of Ohio's Extended Spring Break:

Effective March 16, 2020, Governor DeWine has implemented an "extended Spring Break" for all K-12 public and private schools. As of now, this announcement does not include daycares or in-home childcare. This announcement has left many people wondering how the school closures affect their existing custody orders. In most cases, if you have an existing custody order or shared parenting plan, there is an allocation of the Spring Break vacation per your child's school calendar. At Rittgers, as a team, our office is monitoring how the courts are interpreting custody orders in light of the Governor's statement. However, as of now, our recommendation to all parents is to allow exercise of the Spring Break for the previously planned one-week period then return to your regular parenting schedule. Obviously, with schools closed and many people being encouraged to work from home, we encourage flexibility and understanding of your co-parent's situation. This recommendation may change depending on facts specific to your situation or your parenting plan. If you have questions about your specific situation, please don't hesitate to reach out to us to set up a consult with one of our team.

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