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Akron Child Custody Attorney

Summit County Child Custody And Visitation Lawyers

Child custody and visitation are often the most adversarial part of divorce or legal separation.  The courts prefer the parents work out the custody and visitation issues, if at all possible.  If the parents cannot resolve their custody and visitation differences, then the issues will be determined by the court after submission of evidence.  A parent granted custody is designated the “Residential Parent” or “Residential Parent and Legal Custodian”. The other parent is designated as the “Noncustodial Parent” being the parent who is not the Residential Parent.   The Noncustodial Parent is usually granted visitation or parenting time with the minor child(ren). 

child custody - father and sonWhat kind of custody is there in Ohio?

Legal Custody is the right to share in the decision-making process regarding the minor child(ren).  If a parent or parents have legal custody of a minor child, this means the parent(s) can make decisions such as medical treatment, school enrollment, religion, athletics and academics.

Physical Custody determines which parent has physical possession of the minor child or children.  This can be granted solely to one parent or shared jointly by both parents.

What types of child custody are there in Ohio?

Sole Custody is when one parent is designated as sole legal custodian of the children while the other is granted visitation or parenting time.

Shared Parenting is when both parents mutually share in making decisions for the children and share physical possession of the children.

What factors are considered in child custody cases?

  • The “best interest of the child” is the primary standard in determining custody cases in Ohio.
  • Ohio courts also consider and balance the following relevant factors:
    • Wishes of parents;
    • Child’s wishes and concerns (requires an interview in chambers);
    • Child’s interaction and interrelationship with the parents, siblings and relatives;
    • Child’s adjustment to home, school and community;
    • Mental and physical health of child and parents;
    • The propensity of each parent to abide by and follow court-ordered parenting time and visitation;
    • Are child support payments current or in arrears?
    • Criminal offenses committed by either parent;
    • Deprivation of parenting time and visitation;
    • Relocation issues.

Child custody, parenting, and visitation issues in divorce or dissolution cases in Ohio can be filled with consternation and adversity between parents.  Please contact our experienced and reputable Akron child custody attorneys via email today or call 330-253-1550.  Our custody lawyers can ascertain your present legal position concerning custody issues and help develop a legal strategy in establishing the best interest of your children.