When two parents don’t live together, a formal child custody agreement ensures that both parents are able to play an active role in their child’s life. If you are pursuing custody or visitation rights, you need an experienced attorney like Robert Rohrbaugh II on your side.
About Child Custody Cases in Ohio
Like most states, Ohio requires courts to base their child custody determinations on the best interests of the child or children involved. Some of the issues the court may consider when determining which custody arrangement is best for the child include:
- The physical and mental health of the parents.
- The physical and mental health of the child.
- The child’s age.
- The child’s wishes.
- The home environments of each parent.
- The likelihood of each parent to comply with the court’s custody and visitation schedule.
- Any history of abuse or domestic violence.
- The geographical locations of each parent.
Ohio recognizes two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody determines where the child lives, while legal custody determines who can make decisions on the child’s behalf. Ohio may award sole custody to one parent, or both parents may share custody. When one parent receives sole physical custody, the other parent will usually have visitation with the child based on a schedule determined by the court. When physical custody is shared, the child will spend ample time in the homes of both parents.
Child Custody Modification
If the circumstances that led to your child custody order change, you can request a modification through the court. Depending on the situation, you may be able to negotiate this modification directly with your spouse, or a hearing may be required.
Hiring an Attorney
Whether you hope to settle your child custody case by negotiating with your spouse outside of court or you plan to go before the judge, you need a trustworthy attorney on your side. Attorney Robert Rohrbaugh II understands all of the laws that apply to child custody cases in Ohio, and he can help you make sure that your interests are accurately represented.
Robert Rohrbaugh II can help with new child custody cases, as well as petitions for modification of an existing order. Contact Atty. Robert J. Rohrbaugh II LLC, today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.