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. 

Is joint custody right for you?

As a parent in Ohio, you will have to decide how you are going to handle matters of child custody when getting a divorce. There are two main options: sole custody, and joint custody. Which is best for you? That depends on your own unique situation. Today, we'll take a look at joint custody.

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.

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