Establishing Child Custody in Ohio
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 divorce 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
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.