When making a custody determination, a court will review and consider a variety of factors and make its determination based on the best interests of the child(ren). Our attorneys will fight to protect your parental rights. We represent both mothers and fathers throughout Northeastern and Northwestern Ohio counties.
Our experienced family law attorneys will guide you through the custody process and explain the various options, including full custody, legal custody, physical custody and shared parenting. In most cases where the parties are able to communicate, shared parenting will be the solution. Although one parent may be designated residential parent for school purposes, both parents jointly share decisions concerning the child. Ohio encourages parents to amicably agree on shared parenting arrangements for custody and visitation. A cooperative environment and joint parenting generally leads to less emotional stress for the parties and child(ren) and can greatly reduce financial costs in a divorce or parenting proceeding.
If a shared parenting plan cannot be reached, our attorneys will petition the court for an appropriate judicial custodial determination, including a temporary custody order. When making a custody determination, the court will consider a host of factors including, but not limited to, the needs and safety of the child(ren), your ability to serve as a custodian and facilitate visitation with the other spouse, the relationship between the parents, and the wishes and best interest of the child(ren).