Answers To Your Child Custody FAQs

Working through child custody can be the most difficult part of a divorce for many couples. The divorce does not just affect the spouses, but the children as well. The children are about to be uprooted and possibly have two households where their time is split. The children will be moving back and forth between these divided homes often multiple times a week in a shared custody arrangement.

What Does "The Child's Best Interests" Mean?

In determining which spouse will be awarded custody or what percentage of parenting time each spouse will be awarded, many factors are taken into consideration. Here are some questions that a judge uses to determine what is in the child's best interests:

  1. What does the child want?
  2. What do the parents want?
  3. How will the child's relationship with their siblings, such as a half-brother or a half-sister, be affected?
  4. What are the attitude and intentions of each parent in facilitating a relationship for the child with the other parent?
  5. How much travel time is involved going from one parent's home to the other parent's home?
  6. What kind of cooperation is exhibited between the parents?
  7. Does the child have mental health issues to consider and address? Do either of the parents have mental health issues that need to be considered and addressed?

Does Ohio Follow The Uniform Child Custody Act?

Many aspects of child custody determination in Ohio follow the Uniform Child Custody Act; however, Ohio has some variations from these uniform laws. For more specific advice, speak with an experienced divorce attorney in Ohio.

Do Grandparents Have Rights In Child Custody?

Yes, several reasons come into play for why grandparents may seek to establish legal rights because of a parent's actions or major life change.

How Can A Mediator Help With Child Custody?

If you and your spouse can't agree on important issues such as child custody arrangements, you may want to hire a skilled mediator to help you work through these discussions and consider all the options. Foremost, a mediator or a good attorney will help you see the ramifications on the well-being of your children.

Speak With An Experienced Attorney

Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, has assisted numerous clients in their Ohio divorce cases. She is known for her compassion and care with clients as well as her skill and experience in the courtroom. Call her for answers to your questions or to set up a complimentary initial consultation at 513-895-0030. You can also reach the firm online.