Maintaining composure during a custody battle

Family law disputes of any kind can be challenging, but those which involve kids are especially concerning in many cases. As a parent, you may be worried about your child’s future and how the outcome of the dispute will impact their lives. Moreover, you may be dealing with other serious challenges, such as a heated disagreement with your former spouse. Our law office realizes that it can be incredibly hard to work through this aspect of family law but maintaining your composure during these tough times is pivotal.

Do courts give mothers preference in custody cases?

It is a common assumption that courts in Ohio give preference to mothers in child custody cases. This probably stems from the past when courts did often immediately assign custody to the mother. This was based on outdated gender roles where the mother stayed home with the children to care for them while the father worked. As society has changed and many families now have two parents working, this idea of the mother as the primary caregiver does not always stand. So, the courts have adjusted their thought process and how they approach custody issues.

What are the father's rights in an adoption?

As the father of a child in Ohio, you may worry about your legal rights. It used to be that fathers had little rights and the mother usually had all the control, but times have changed. The law now is such that it aims to involve both parents equally in the decision making and raising of a child. This is also true if the child is placed for adoption. According to Adoption from the Heart, you have the exact same rights as the mother when it comes to adoption.

Child custody in contested and uncontested divorces

Ohio parents know that one of the hardest parts of divorce has nothing to do with retirement, property, or other such matters. Child custody can often be the top disputed matter. These matters are also handled differently depending on how the divorce proceeds.

What constitutes a need to terminate parental rights?

You are going through a challenging divorce from your former spouse in Ohio and are coping with the difficulties of arranging child custody. However, you are questioning whether or not you should seek to have the parental rights of your former spouse revoked. Such an extreme decision, if approved by the court, could provide both advantages and disadvantages depending on the conditions that ultimately led to your divorce from your children's other parent. 

Is dissolution right for you?

As a resident of Ohio who is considering splitting up with your partner, you may be asking yourself what path you should take. Would a traditional divorce be best? What about a legal separation? Maybe dissolution is right, instead. Greg R. Lewis ESQ., Harry Lewis Co., LPA, can help highlight the difference between these options for you.

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.

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