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Honorable Diane M. Palos, Judge

Third Floor, Courtroom 3

  • Gloria Homolak, Bailiff, 216-443-8849
  • Anita Cox, Judicial Assistant, 216-443-8866
  • Marie M. Rady, Trial Magistrate
  • Eileen Gerity, Motion Magistrate
  •  Harold Rauzi, Staff Attorney


Judge Diane M. Palos was elected to the Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, in 2010. She was previously appointed to the position commencing April 6, 2009, to fill an unexpired term. She was selected by the Judges in this division to be the Administrative Judge each year from 2010 through 2015.

Judge Palos is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Judicial College where she was appointed in 2013 to represent the Domestic Relations Judges. She is also serving as the President of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges for 2016 to 2017. She serves on two Supreme Court of Ohio Committees, Case Management and Rules of Superintendence. In 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio appointed her as the Chairperson for the Planning Committee for the 2014 Ohio Summit on Domestic Relations.

She is a contributor to and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio.  She is the author of Chapter 19, Child Support, in Sowald Morganstern Domestic Relations Law. She is an ASTAR (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource) Fellow.

Prior to serving as a Judge, Judge Palos was appointed as a Magistrate in the Domestic Relations Court since December 1986, during which time she presided over divorce trials, interstate actions, and hearings on modification and enforcement of orders. While she was a Magistrate, she was appointed to and served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Courts from 2002 to 2008.

Judge Palos was an adjunct professor of law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law from 1989 to 2009, teaching various legal writing courses, family law and Bar Strategies and Tactics.

From 1999 through 2001, she served on the Ohio Child Support Guidelines Council, where she had previously served as a proxy member from 1995 to 1997.