Mothers facing child custody cases must ensure that they are fully aware of what is going on. Understanding some basic points gives you a good foothold into what you need to consider as you are working toward the goal of a child custody order that works for your child.
You probably weren't expecting to be served with divorce paperwork. In a single day, your life can go from normal to completely unrecognizable. Instead of going home to your spouse and children, suddenly you're looking for a place to stay, seeing your kids on the weekends and facing the prospect of paying child support.
In Ohio courts, as with most family courts in the nation, much of what happens during a divorce or marriage dissolution regarding the children of the marriage is determined according to the best interests of the child or children. In Ohio, the standard is described in the state statutes, section 3109.04(F)(1-3).