Custody Arrangement Modification
Columbus Family Law Attorneys Can Assist You
In the state of the Ohio, jurisdiction over the children of divorced parents
remains with the court until the child turns 18 years old. Prior to this
time, modifications to existing custody arrangements can be made. The
parent wishing to modify the custody order must petition the court for
modification by filing a formal motion for change.
Because the court does not want to fuel an ongoing tug-of-war between parents
over their children, the court's preference is to maintain the status
quo. Once an initial child custody verdict has been handed down, the state
of Ohio is reluctant to make a change. For a modification of custody petition
to be heard, a significant change in circumstances must have occurred
or facts that were previously unknown must have been discovered.
Circumstances that could merit a modification of custody include:
- Parental relocation
- Instances of domestic violence
- Arrest or imprisonment
Where older children are involved, his or her own desire for a change in
custody arrangements may also compel the court to act. If the court does
revisit your child's custody arrangements, the same standard of determination
will be used. Whatever arrangement is deemed to be in the best interests
of your child is the one that will be established.
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At Richard L. Morris Co., L.P.A., we'll both evaluate the merits of
your case and help you determine the best course of action for the future.
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