How Are Parenting Time And Responsibilities Determined In Ohio?
When it comes to child custody and visitation cases in Ohio, the goal is always for the parties to reach an agreement regarding parenting time and responsibilities that is truly in the best interests of the children.
Coming to such an agreement can pose significant challenges, however. Both parents often have different parenting styles. In addition, both typically desire to spend as much time as possible with their children.
At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we help clients in Hamilton, West Chester, Oxford and beyond negotiate creative parenting plans and time-sharing schedules. This is particularly important in divorces involving a parent in the military. Call us to arrange your initial consultation at 513-895-0030.
“There is nothing more important than your children. You need someone who understands your view of what is best for them and who will stand up for your rights.” — Kristen L. Campbell
Exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods
Our lawyer practices in Butler County Juvenile Court and in Butler County Domestic Relations Court. As a trained mediator, she is able to facilitate more amicable and cost-effective resolutions to custody disputes.
The mediation process allows clients to sit down with each other and come up with a solution that works for the family rather than engage in a costly trial. Resolving the matter through mediation also gives the parties much greater flexibility and freedom than simply accepting a judge’s generic ruling.
If mediation is not successful or appropriate in your situation, however, you can count on Ms. Campbell to tenaciously defend your parental rights at trial. She will also take the time to explain the court process so that you are prepared.
Are You Hoping To Move Out Of Ohio?
Parental relocation is one of the most common reasons to seek a modification to the original child custody and visitation orders. If one parent wants to move out of state with the children or otherwise make changes to the parenting plan, it is necessary to gain prior approval from the court.
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:
- What does the child want?
- What do the parents want?
- How will the child’s relationship with their siblings, such as a half-brother or a half-sister, be affected?
- What are the attitude and intentions of each parent in facilitating a relationship for the child with the other parent?
- How much travel time is involved going from one parent’s home to the other parent’s home?
- What kind of cooperation is exhibited between the parents?
- 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 an initial consultation at 513-895-0030. You can also reach the firm online.