How Do Courts Determine Shared Parenting Vs. A Primary Caretaker?
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 the decision making for the minor children.
Whether you are seeking a shared parenting arrangement or you wish to be your child’s primary caretaker, we at Harry Lewis Co., LPA, can represent you. For more than 40 years, we have helped clients in the Columbus area find solutions to their child custody and parenting schedules and other family law matters. With experience and skill, we will help you advocate for the outcome that is in the best interests of your children.
Factors For Shared Parenting Decisions
Ohio courts do not use a one-size-fits-all approach to their custody decisions. They consider several factors that may impact the best interests of the children in question. When considering a shared parenting arrangement, the court will consider:
- The parents’ ability to make joint decisions regarding the child
- Each parent’s ability to facilitate good relations with their co-parent
- The location of each parent
- A history of substance abuse
- A history of abuse or neglect
- The recommendation of the guardian ad litem, if applicable
Family courts prefer to award shared custody whenever possible. However, this is not the best solution for every case.
When Do Courts Name A Primary Caretaker?
Some situations necessitate the naming of a primary caretaker. When considering whether to name a primary caretaker, the court will consider which parent provided duties such as:
- Bathing and grooming
- Preparing meals
- Providing medical care
- Facilitating social interactions
- Assisting with or providing education
Every custody case is different, so there is no way to predict with perfect accuracy how the court will apply these factors to your circumstances. If you wish to receive an accurate assessment of your potential parenting plan, you should consult a family law attorney.
Ask About Shared Parenting And More Custody Issues
At Harry Lewis Co., LPA, we can evaluate your unique situation and give you a realistic idea of what to expect. You can schedule an initial consultation with our office in Columbus. Reach us at 614-221-3938 or send us an email.