Finding Positive Resolutions In Child Custody Matters
One of the biggest fears for most parents is the possibility of losing precious time with their children. Unfortunately, in most child custody cases, this is a very real possibility.
At Harry Lewis Co., LPA in Columbus, our goal is to help you preserve your quality time with your children while also looking out for their best interest. With more than 40 years of experience, we know the ins and outs of Ohio child custody laws. Whether you are going through a divorce, already divorced or unwed, if you need an attorney to stand up for your parental rights, we are here for you.
Understanding Child Custody Laws In Ohio
Going through a child custody dispute can feel overwhelming. One way to ease this strain and empower yourself is to become educated about Ohio’s child custody laws.
These are a few of the most significant points regarding child custody in Ohio:
- Child custody: Child custody refers to the legal arrangement regarding the rights and obligations of each parent to their child.
- Shared parenting: Joint custody in Ohio is referred to as shared parenting. Shared parenting is defined as a parenting plan that names both parents as the residential parent of the minor children and both parents have equal input in decision making for the minor children. Parents are referred to as coparents.
- Sole custody: This rare arrangement is defined as one parent having the exclusive legal and physical custody of their children. The parent with sole custody is the primary caretaker. The other parent may or may not be granted visitation.
- Modification: Child custody agreements are changeable under certain conditions.
One of the key things to remember is that, legally, the child comes first. The laws are written to do what is in the best interest of the child, and judges follow that standard.
The challenge, of course, is determining what child custody arrangements are actually in the child’s best interest. More often than not, spending time with each parent is going to be best for the child – shared parenting. However, that time may not always be equal. Then there is the question of who makes decisions about the child’s health care, education and more. While child support is seen as a separate issue, it is definitely entangled with child custody decisions.
A Lawyer Who Puts Your Children First
Determining what is in a child’s best interest can be a divisive matter. This is one of the many reasons why a lawyer’s experience is important. We have handled enough of these cases to know how judges look at these situations. We know the precedents that have been set, and how the courts deal with all sorts of nuances. One parent was a stay-at-home-parent? One parent lives in another city, state or even country? One parent has remarried? The child is older and wants a say in the outcome? Whatever the case may be, you can count on us to provide sound, informed guidance.
No doubt you still have numerous questions about child custody, the court process and the future of your kids. When you contact Harry Lewis Co., LPA, you can ask questions and address any concerns with our lawyer. We take pride in making sure all questions are answered.
Talk To A Child Custody Attorney In A Free Consultation
Prioritize your children’s best interest while seeking the parenting schedule that is best for you. Schedule a free consultation with Harry Lewis Co., LPA, to discuss you and your children’s futures. Reach our lawyer by calling 614-221-3938 or by using our online contact form.