There is no one-size-fits-all custody arrangement that is best for every Ohio family. For this reason, it is important for each parent to actively pursue a suitable child custody order that both protects their parental rights and the best interests of their child. With several types of custody arrangements available, parents should carefully consider one that is practical and sustainable for the family well into the future.
With sole custody, a parent maintains the majority of the parenting time and retains the right to make major decisions for the child. This includes the right to decide educational preferences, religious training, medical care, extra curricular activities and more. The non-custodial parent almost always retains the right to visitation with the children, and it is typically in the best interests of the kids to keep a relationship with both parents.
With joint custody arrangements, parenting time and decision-making authority is shared with both parents. When an issue arises that cannot be resolved amicably, it may be required that parents seek the help of a mediator. Joint physical custody refers to an arrangement where parents share physical time with the child, but one parent may maintain legal custody.
Many Ohio parents are able to resolve disputes and come to an arrangement before their case goes to court. A lawyer can help protect your rights during negotiations and mediation or fight for your interests if the case goes before a judge. Divorce can be hard for children, but the right child custody agreement can make the time of transition easier for all parties.
Source: americanbar.org, "Child Custody and Support", Accessed on Jan. 5, 2016