If you and your spouse have decided to end the marriage and you have children, you will need to create a parenting plan. This is one of the most emotional pieces of divorce, and can bring up much conflict and tension. Here are some questions people often ask about child custody matters.

What Is Shared Parenting?

In Ohio, shared parenting is a concept used to apply to an agreement or court order in which both parents retain equal or full custodial rights of their children. Time with each parent is a separate determination. Time with each parent is split 50-50. You both agree to participate equally in the parenting of your children once divorced. To learn more, visit our factors page.

Can I Get Sole Custody Of My Child?

In sole custody, only one parent has the legal right to make major decisions. Every case is different, but in most, a judge will start from a position of having both parents involved equally in their children's lives. If there is reason to believe your child will not be safe with their father or mother, then it may be possible for you to be the sole custodian. Speaking with a lawyer can help you determine the strength of your case.

How Does Visitation Work?

The parent who does not have custody often has visitation rights, which may provide for specifics like the days, times and places the child may be picked up and dropped off, where the child will spend holidays and vacations, etc. For more information, see examples of parenting schedules.

Get More Answers To Your Legal Questions

Trust our longtime Columbus law firm to guide you through the divorce process. Contact the firm, Harry Lewis Co., LPA, at 614-221-3938 or through email to schedule an initial consultation about your case with attorney Gregg Lewis.