Protecting The Best Interests Of Your Children Through Divorce, Separation Or Unmarried Parenting
Divorce affects not only the spouses who are severing ties, but also their children. That is why it is critical to develop a child custody plan with the children’s best interests in mind. In some cases, parents agree to a co-parenting plan that works for the children while in other cases, issues regarding children are more complicated and a family law court may decide.
Custody, parenting time and support are also critical issues for unmarried parents. When parents have not been married to each other, the mother alone has legal rights as the residential custodial parent. But once a father’s role has been legally established through a court order, Ohio’s laws do not discriminate between the parents based on gender for determining custody.
Why You Need Legal Advice On Custody
Whether you are divorcing or are not married, and whether or not you and the other parent arrive at a mutually agreeable co-parenting plan, you need an experienced lawyer on your side as you maneuver the visitation and custody process. Even if you and the child’s other parent, though unmarried, are cohabiting and will co-parent together, it is in your interest as well as your child’s interest to have the legal protection of a court order.
At Wolinetz, Horvath & Brown, LLC, our experienced divorce attorneys have helped clients successfully resolve child custody issues for decades. In fact, we have over 75 years of combined experience as lawyers. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients’ concerns and recognize how emotional child custody issues can be. Our team will work with you to find a satisfactory solution that will benefit both you and your children.
Parental Rights And Responsibilities
In Ohio, child custody is generally allocated in one of two ways. In some cases, one parent is designated as the “residential parent,” the one with primary rights and responsibilities for the child. Alternatively, the court may order “shared parenting,” where parents share physical and legal care of the children. In these cases, an approved shared parenting plan is used. Another name for shared parenting is joint custody.
Shared parenting does not necessarily mean that parents share equally in the duties of childrearing. Rather, the court allocates responsibilities based on the best interest of the child.
Courts may consider the following when determining custody:
- Wishes of the children and requests of the parents
- Mental and physical health of all the parties involved
- Adjustment issues for the child
- The child’s relationship with the parents, siblings and other parties
- Criminal history of either parent
At Wolinetz, Horvath & Brown, LLC, we are dedicated to helping our clients find the best solution for their children. We know this can be a sensitive subject and are devoted to guiding you through the process to develop a plan that is in the best interest of your children. From visitation rights to paternity actions and related issues, we can help you get the outcome you and your children deserve.
Wolinetz, Horvath & Brown, LLC, Is On Your Side
Whether you are seeking approval of a shared custody plan or want to be designated as the residential parent, we are here to help. When dealing with children, the legal process can be complicated. You need an experienced child custody attorney to help you fight for your child’s best interests.
With us on your side, you won’t have to face difficult child custody and visitation issues on your own. Contact us online or call 614-362-8847 today to schedule your consultation with a Columbus custody lawyer.