It is not too late to contribute to "A Book of Your Own." The Law Library is helping the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association with its spring book drive to collect new and gently-used books to give Cleveland elementary school students "a book of their own" to take home and enjoy this summer. Don't miss the chance to give local, deserving children the gift of reading! Donations can be dropped off at the Law Library through Friday, April 26th.
The Cleveland Municipal Court has issued a creative sentence for a woman who drove onto a sidewalk in order to pass a school bus full of children-she will have to wear an "idiot" sign. ABC news reports that the woman, who the bus driver caught on video, will have to wear a sign that says "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus" next Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the intersection of East 38th and Payne in Cleveland. The sign has to be on white poster board with capital letters in black marker. This situation makes me think of Bill Engvall and "Here's Your Sign."
As the result of a 2005 Court Advisory Committee Report, the Ohio Supreme Court has published an interactive guide entitled "Planning for Parenting Time: Ohio's Guide for Parents Living Apart." According to the Court's news release, this guide is "child-centered" and "provides guidelines for parenting time schedules... and customized options and ideas to structure parenting time based on the child’s age, the level and civility of the parents’ interaction and the daily schedule parents and children maintain." Specifically, the guide "contains at least 20 different parenting time options with sample schedules, tips, and pros and cons of using each option. The guide also covers how to handle holidays, vacations, and school breaks as well as modifying plans to account for long-distance parenting and relocations." The Court plans to send a print version of this guide to all Ohio domestic relations and juvenile court judges, as well as all legal aid organizations. However, the interactive version is already available on the Internet.
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association are running a spring book drive to collect new and gently used books to give Cleveland elementary school students "a book of their own" to take home and enjoy this summer. Don't miss the chance to give local, deserving children the gift of reading!
Check to see if your firm or organization is already participating. If not, you can help by coordinating donations at your workplace or by dropping off your books downtown at the Cleveland Law Library on the 4th floor of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse any time before May 11th. Click here for a flyer with more information and contacts.
Yesterday, September 28, 1011, HB 153 changed the rules governing sanctions for failure to pay child support in Ohio. Among other changes, the new law allows parents who can pay some support to keep or get their driver's license. It appears that the law encourages parents to work in an attempt to pay off their child support obligations and arrearages. A decent summary of the new law can be found in the Plain Dealer. Interestingly, an earlier article from onntv indicated that 341 parents are currently serving as inmates because they have not paid their child support.
"Differential Response gives caseworkers the freedom to use an alternative approach when investigating some reports of child abuse and neglect in Ohio. That freedom helps keep families together and reduces the number of children placed in out-of-home care, all without compromising child safety. Differential Response begins with a non-threatening, non-adversarial, family assessment. It allows caseworkers to guide the family to local social service programs that might meet the child’s and the family’s needs."
A great color-coded chart from Capital Law School shows how the program has been implemented and which counties are involved. However, Cuyahoga County is not on the current list nor in the new counties that are going to be added.
The Ohio State Bar Association has created a brand new donation program called Lunch Pail Express to raise funds for Ohio's hungry children. According to the OSBA's news release, when OSBA President Carmen Roberto learned that one in every 4 Ohio children go to bed hungry at night, he decided to help Ohio's food banks cope with the need. The OSBA will be collecting money at its HQ in Columbus and at CLE programs through the end of the year. Contributions can also be sent directly to the OSBA at P.O. Box. 16562, Columbus, OH 43216-6562.
"Mediation is a process in which parents develop their own parenting plan with the help of the mediator. It is a method of problem solving without the financial and emotional costs often associated with litigation. The mediator is a neutral third party who encourages parents to discuss the issues concerning their children and help them reach an agreement. The parents control the outcome and they can communicate with each other directly, in a safe environment. This reduces hostility and helps foster a rational discussion. The outcome of the mediation is limited only by the nature of the problem and the ability of the parents to work together for their child’s best interest."