If you drive exactly north from Hamilton for about two hours, you will come to Lima, Ohio. That's where approximately 30 demonstrators recently gathered outside the county courthouse to voice their displeasure with the state's family court system.
The Ohio Family Rights Movement says courts are making improper child custody decisions based on outdated laws. It argues that both parents should be involved in children's lives after a divorce.
The group is part of the ongoing fathers' rights movement that extends across the nation; a movement partially responsible for bringing increased attention and change to custody laws.
Many of the movement's arguments have been incorporated in statutes as states update their individual versions of family law.
Experienced attorneys strive always to reach agreements on parenting time that are in the best interests of the children. In some situations, arriving at those parenting agreements can be difficult, especially when the two parties have different parenting philosophies and styles, and both want to spend all the time they can with their children.
Child custody complaints aren't limited to men, of course. One woman demonstrator in Lima said her "child was taken away by a corrupt court system." A male protester said he believes that social services can engage in "subsidized kidnapping" when a child is removed from a parent's home.
Family law attorneys understand that child custody disputes can bring up deep emotions in parents. A discussion with an experienced lawyer can help you understand and pursue viable legal options to protect your child and your rights as a parent.