Married couples with children who are going through a divorce may have many questions regarding their new life. For example, where will the children spend the majority of their time? What will child custody payments look like? Are you able to set up joint custody from the start?
We understand how the law applies to child custody and that this uncertain time may be daunting for many parents. We have helped many parents with their cases.
Things are easier when both parents work together
According to the experts at FindLaw, there two different methods used to determine child custody arrangements in Ohio. Either you and your spouse can work together to come up with a suitable agreement, or the courts can do it for you. Needless to say, things tend to go a lot more smoothly if you and your spouse are on talking terms and able to work together through the process. Unfortunately, however, this may not be the case for everyone. Either way, the court will review your wishes before making a decision.
If you and your spouse can agree that joint custody is the best solution for your family, a judge will likely approve the decision. You will need to establish a parenting plan that also demonstrates the best interest of your child is in mind.
When parents cannot agree
If you and your spouse are unable to agree on joint custody, the courts will make the decision instead. When granting a custody order the courts will interview people close to you and consider the needs of your child to make an informed decision. More information about this topic is available on our webpage.