Help Establishing Child Custody in Columbus

Columbus Divorce Lawyer Can Help Your Family

There are two ways for child custody to be determined when parents separate or go through a divorce. The first is for the parents to mutually agree upon a custody plan, with or without the help of a child custody lawyer or outside mediator. The second is for the court to issue a ruling based on the perceived best interests of the child or the children.

In determining a child's best interests, the state will consider:

  • Relationships to parents and siblings
  • School and community relationships
  • Mental and physical health
  • Competence and reliability of each parent
  • Wishes of the child

In most cases, the state of Ohio allocates primary rights and responsibilities to one parent following a divorce. If a petition is submitted for shared parenting rights with a court-approved custody plan, a judge may issue a shared parenting order which grants equal rights and responsibilities to each parent. Because shared custody arrangements demand extensive long term cooperation between both parents, judges are often reluctant to authorize such arrangements.

Is a Lawyer Needed for Child Custody?

Going through any family law matter can be difficult, but when the best interests of your child are at stake, sometimes hiring an attorney is the best option:

  • A child custody lawyer not only advocates for you, they also settle disputes via mediation.
  • They help to negotiate child support rates
  • They represent you to the fullest at court
  • They can guide you through all the complex paperwork and legal terms

How to Present Yourself to Have a Better Chance at Winning Custody

  • Show a willingness to work with your ex. There has been cases where a parent has lost custody due to the fact that they were unwilling to collaborate with the other parent.
  • Exercise your parental rights and take advantage of them. If you are granted visitation, then be sure to make time for it.
  • Request for a custody evaluation inside your home. This is helpful if your ex decides to claim that your living environment is hostile.
  • Do your homework and study your family law rights. Documenting everything is also incredibly helpful since every piece of evidence may be the reason you do or do not get custody.

I'm an Unmarried Parent. Can I Get Custody?

With so many babies being born to single parents each year in Franklin County, divorce is not the only context for establishing child custody. The County believes that parents should share custody if it is in the best interest of the child, and unwed fathers can file motions for child custody and rights to parent time.

Richard L. Morris Co., L.P.A. has been helping single or divorcing parents establish child custody for the last 25 years. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to you. To schedule a visit, call us at (614) 656-4252.


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