Legal vs. physical custody: What you should know

When you file for divorce in Ohio, there are a host of terms that must be negotiated before the divorce settlement is finalized. One of the most difficult and important terms is that of child custody. Divorce can be extremely hard for children, who are often the unwilling participants of the separation. Yet, the right type of custody may help to minimize the effects of divorce on the children and help them maintain a solid relationship with both parents. 

Are there advantages to grandparent adoption?

American families come in all shapes and sizes. While some children are raised by their aunts and uncles, others live in single-parent households and still others are brought up by their grandparents. Not all parents are fit or able to properly care for their children and grandparents may need to step in to help. If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild, you may find it beneficial to go through the legal adoption process. 

Study: Joint-custody may be beneficial for children

When couples file for divorce, they are faced with a myriad of issues that must be negotiated in the final divorce settlement. Child custody arrangements are one of the most critical, as they impact the wellbeing of the child for years to come. Although every situation has different circumstances, which may impact the type of custody that is best for the child, studies show that children who spend a significant amount of time with both parents may have advantages when compared to children who are in sole-custody situations. 

How mediation can help in child custody matters

Going through a divorce or legal separation can be emotionally overwhelming and challenging, especially if there are children involved. While splitting up marital property can be difficult, it is nothing in comparison to splitting up the children and determining what type of custody would be best. SInce every situation is unique, the type of custody that works in each situation is also unique depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. Through traditional courtroom divorces, the judge presiding over the case looks at all of the information provided and makes a decision as to whether sole custody or joint custody is best. Mediation, on the other hand, allows couples to look at their own situation and create a custody arrangement that works best for them. 

When to modify a child custody agreement

When people are going through a divorce in Ohio, many times emotions run high. Decisions might be made in haste or without being thoroughly or properly thought through. Sometimes, people may later wish that they had come up with a different child custody or support agreement than the one that has been approved by the court. 

Can you develop a parent plan that is mutually beneficial?

When you first begin thinking about arranging a parenting plan with your ex in Ohio, the task of communicating with him or her at all may seem a bit daunting. However, if you are able to separate your feelings and work toward establishing healthy boundaries while developing a custody arrangement, you can certainly create an agreement that will be mutually beneficial for you, your ex and your children. 

Relocating with the kids after a divorce

Oftentimes, Columbus residents may find that the conclusion of their divorce proceedings does not bring with it the finality they were anticipating. They may find that remaining in relatively close proximity to their ex-spouses may continue to stir up the emotions that contributed to the end of their marriages. Thus, to assist in the process of moving on, they may choose to relocate (indeed, information shared by Move.org lists "Other family reasons" and "A change in marital status" amongst the most common reasons why Americans move). Yet relocating can be a complicated process when a divorced couple has children together. 

Do children have any say in custody matters?

One of the biggest issues in many divorce cases in Ohio is child custody. As you prepare for your hearing on the custody of your children, you may wonder what will happen. Many parents and children want to know if the children will have any say in who they live with and the other custody arrangements. According to the Ohio Revised Code, the court has the right to allow or deny children to express their wishes about custody in court.

Custody disputes and your child’s education

Many legal hurdles can arise when a couple moves forward with a divorce, from financial issues over alimony or property division to stress and other emotional concerns. If you have kids, divorce can be particularly tough, especially if a dispute centered around the custody of your child comes up. It is critical for you to take many factors into consideration during a custody dispute, not only from your perspective as a parent but from your child’s point of view also. For example, you should prioritize their best interests and focus on what is best for them, with respect to key issues such as their education.

How can you eliminate conflict with your ex?

Despite the fact that your divorce is in the works in Ohio, you still see your ex more than you would like to as the two of you have arranged a shared custody agreement of your children. While you are satisfied with the agreement that has been made, you are actively looking for ways to reduce the tension and conflict between you and your ex as you openly acknowledge that participating in heated verbal exchanges will only worsen the situation for your children. 

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