How can I help my child when moving after a divorce?

Divorce is tough on children no matter the circumstances, but it's especially hard when moving homes. While any move can be stressful for kids, doing so after divorce only compounds the sadness and confusion that naturally result. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease the transition for your child, as explained by HealthyChildren.org.

Do the courts consider what a child wants in custody cases?

It is not an easy task for the court to make decisions in custody cases. This is why you are highly encouraged to come to an agreement without the court having to intervene. However, that is not always possible. In such cases, the court will take into consideration many things, which in Ohio, also may include your children's wishes.

How are kids affected by custody disputes?

Divorce is hard on children because their family is changing. It does not help when their parents enter into a custody dispute. While the goal of Ohio courts is to keep the best interests of the child in mind, the court really cannot do anything about how parents act during the court case or what affect the process has on the children. As a parent, you should be aware of just what is happening to your child when you and their other parent argue over custody, visitation and other related issues.

How children benefit from joint-custody arrangements

If you are an Ohio resident and a recent divorcee, you may be working on adjusting to a new child custody arrangement and everything that comes with it. Learning to live without your son or daughter for some period of time is rarely easy, but it may help you adjust to the process if you recognize how your joint-custody arrangement may benefit your child. At Harry Lewis Co., LPA, we recognize that, in many cases, joint-custody arrangements are advantageous to children of divorce, and we have helped many Ohio families navigate the transitions involved in parting ways. Per Time, in one study involving about 150,000 kids in either sixth or ninth grades, children who spent time in the homes of both of their divorced parents fared better than those who lived exclusively with one parent or the other. More specifically, children whose parents had joint-custody arrangements were far less likely to experience or develop a wide range of emotional and psychosomatic health problems than those who lived with only one parent.

How can I establish paternity?

As a father, you need to establish paternity of your child in order to have full parental rights in Ohio. There are a few different ways you can legally establish paternity. It depends on the situation. For example, the Ohio State Bar Association explains if you were married to the child's mother when the child was born, then you are automatically the legal father of the child. However, if she was married to someone else, then he is the legal father, and you would have to use another method to claim your paternity rights.

Divorce and child custody: Is nesting right for your family?

One of the biggest divorce concerns some Columbus area couples have is their living arrangement. Now that their marriage is over, it is time for them to decide who gets the kids. A judge must decide if one parent gets sole and complete custody or if they must share it with their partner and how to divide their parenting time. 

How can divorce be beneficial to children?

Many couples in the Columbus area who are contemplating divorce, often find themselves procrastinating because of their children. They believe that separation is more harmful to their kids than it is for them to stay together. What they might not realize is that kids are very intuitive. According to Live Bold and Bloom, children are more likely to suffer emotionally from the negative effects of their parents’ relationships than they are from divorce. 

Questions you and your ex should ask when making a parenting plan

A parenting plan is a bit different than a custody agreement. If you're both going to have custody rights, the parenting plan helps you make joint decisions about how you're going to raise the child, streamlining the process.

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