Child Custody

Whether you are a noncustodial parent seeking permanent custody, or  a custodial parent being threatened by Child Protective Services (CPS), you have a fundamental right to raise your children.

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Temporary Custody

Temporary Custody orders are a  way to obtain legal control of a child without permanently terminating the  parental rights of the natural parents. If you are a grandparent, godparent, or someone else who wishes to care for a child until their parents are ready and capable to re-assume the responsibility, this may be an option for you.

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Shared Parenting Plans

If Parental Rights have been allocated to both parents, a shared parenting plan will create a schedule of parenting time which designates when the children are with each parent, if that parenting time is in the best interest of the children.

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Child Custody Rights

Child custody issues are some of the most stressful, challenging, emotional and traumatic issues to litigate. Child Custody determines where a child will live.

In a battle between parents, the best interests of the child determine who will get custody. Ohio Courts will consider many issues to decide who is most capable, better suited, and can provide the best lifestyle for a minor child in deciding custody.

In a battle between anyone other than a parent, including grandparents, Child Protective Services (CPS), or any other person seeking custody, a court must first find that a parent is unsuitable for custody before granting custody to a nonparent.

Joint Custody

Parents can share joint custody. This does not necessarily mean that the child's time is divided evenly with each parent, but instead refers to a situation in which the child lives part of the time with each parent rather than living only with one and visiting the other. In cases of joint custody, the parent who has the child most of the time is called the primary custodial parent.

These decisions are important because they directly impact visitation schedules and child support payment amounts.

Rights of Non-Custodial Parents

Just because you do not have primary physical custody of a child, you still have rights and responsibilities as a parent. Regardless of a custody arrangement, a noncustodial parent still may have rights to assist in making decisions affecting their child's health, education, and general well-being.


Child Custody Modification

Whenever there is a significant change in circumstances, a parent can seek modification of a Child Custody Order. Some common significant changes in circumstances are drug dependency of a parent, legal problems affecting a parent, abuse, neglect, or dependency of the child, or any other circumstances which xould significantly alter the best interests of the child.

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