When to modify a child custody agreement

When people are going through a divorce in Ohio, many times emotions run high. Decisions might be made in haste or without being thoroughly or properly thought through. Sometimes, people may later wish that they had come up with a different child custody or support agreement than the one that has been approved by the court. 

Can you develop a parent plan that is mutually beneficial?

When you first begin thinking about arranging a parenting plan with your ex in Ohio, the task of communicating with him or her at all may seem a bit daunting. However, if you are able to separate your feelings and work toward establishing healthy boundaries while developing a custody arrangement, you can certainly create an agreement that will be mutually beneficial for you, your ex and your children. 

Relocating with the kids after a divorce

Oftentimes, Columbus residents may find that the conclusion of their divorce proceedings does not bring with it the finality they were anticipating. They may find that remaining in relatively close proximity to their ex-spouses may continue to stir up the emotions that contributed to the end of their marriages. Thus, to assist in the process of moving on, they may choose to relocate (indeed, information shared by Move.org lists "Other family reasons" and "A change in marital status" amongst the most common reasons why Americans move). Yet relocating can be a complicated process when a divorced couple has children together. 

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.

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