Lucas County Child Custody Lawyer
Helping Clients Resolve Custody Disputes in Ohio
One of the most difficult and emotional decisions to make during the divorce process is where your children will live. When parents cannot agree on custody arrangements, the court will step in and make the decision for the family.
What are the Types of Child Custody in Ohio?
Every state has its own laws, regulations, and standards for determining child custody. Ohio recognizes two types of custody: physical and legal custody.
- Physical custody determines the residency of the child and the parent’s daily care responsibilities. Custody arrangements can include sole physical custody or joint custody, where both parents act as primary caregivers and the child lives in both homes. The amount of time the child spends in each home varies depending on the situation and the child’s best interests.
- Legal custody gives a parent the ability to make decisions on behalf of the child. The court may award joint legal custody even if one parent has primary physical custody. Joint legal custody is generally preferred by the courts to ensure that both parents are actively involved in making decisions about the child’s education, religion, and medical treatment unless there is a compelling reason for awarding sole legal custody.
How Is Child Custody Determined in Ohio?
Important custody decisions must be made during the divorce process. Whenever possible, our Lucas County child custody attorneys try to have families work together to achieve a fair and favorable custody arrangement. However, when negotiation and mediation do not yield results, the court will award custody based on the best interests of the child.
In determining the best interests of the child, the court may consider:
- The child’s current living situation and school
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Observations of the parents with the child
- Each parent’s relationship with the child
- Other family relationships, such as siblings
- The child’s preferences if they are old enough and demonstrate a certain maturity level
At Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC, we provide compassionate legal representation for our clients in custody disputes. Whether you are making custody decisions at the time of your divorce or a change in circumstance requires a change in your existing custody order, our Lucas County child custody attorneys will work with you to find the best solution for your family.
How Can You Resolve A Custody Dispute?
There are many options for resolving custody disputes, including:
We guide clients toward the strategies that are most beneficial and efficient for their families. This means that we can help with mediation and negotiation to resolve disputes between the parents and avoid court, but we are also prepared to fight for you in court if the dispute cannot be resolved.
Contact Our Child Custody Attorney in Lucas County Today
If you're facing child custody issues in Ohio, you don't have to navigate this challenging journey alone. Our child custody attorneys in Lucas County are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this difficult time. We understand that every family situation is unique and are committed to helping you find the best solution for your child's well-being. Whether you're going through a divorce separation or need assistance with modifying an existing custody arrangement, we are here to listen to your concerns and advocate for your rights as a parent. Contact Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC today to schedule a consultation, and let us help you protect your child's best interests. Your family's future is important to us, and we are ready to stand by your side every step of the way.
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