Dayton, OH Child Custody Attorney
Historically, children of divorcing parents were treated as trophies to be awarded to the victorious parent at the end of an often long and acrimonious courtroom trial. Hence, the coined phrase custody battle. Then, the matter of a child’s custody preference carried little weight. Neither did the issue of which outcome might be in that child’s best interest. Today, however, Ohio’s child custody laws serve to protect innocent offspring from being used as pawns by their parents. Regardless of whether a divorcing couple behaves amicably or belligerently during the process, Ohio’s child custody laws are in place to protect the children. To learn more about child custody law, contact the divorce lawyers at Fox & Associates Co., L.P.A.
What is in the best interest of the child?
Ohio residents who wish to participate in the physical and legal care of their children must issue a shared parenting order, which considers many factors, including the following:
- The wishes of the child
- The parent’s wishes for the child
- The parent’s residency
- The mental and physical health of involved adults
- The child’s adjustment to the home and community
- The ability of the parents to cooperate and make joint decisions together
Chapter 3109 of Ohio’s Domestic Relations Code spells out exactly what the courts must consider when reaching child custody decisions for Dayton and other Ohio residents. When seeking sole custody of your child, keep in mind that if you are agreeable to allowing your child to have an ongoing, healthy relationship with your ex−spouse, the court is more likely to grant you sole custody.
Types of custody
The legal and practical relationship between a parent and child includes the rights of the parent to make decisions for the child as well as the duty to care for the child. This relationship can legally be categorized in the following ways:
- Joint custody allows both parents to share physical and legal custody.
- Joint legal custody refers to when both parents share responsibilities for — and make decisions concerning — the physical and emotional health, welfare and education of the child.
- Joint physical custody allows each parent to have periods of physical custody.
- Sole legal custody allows one parent to have the responsibility to make decisions concerning the health, welfare and education of the child.
- Sole physical custody permits the child to live with, and to be under the supervision of one parent. The other parent is given specifically outlined visitation rights.
Finding an experienced Dayton child custody attorney
The current child custody laws of Ohio are in place to protect your family interests. Fox & Associates Co., L.P.A. provides compassionate counsel on all matters of family law to our clients throughout Ohio. Our skilled Dayton child custody attorneys can advise you on legal matters concerning child support, custody and guardianship. To schedule a consultation, please contact us by phone today at 937-258-3668 or Online.