Child Custody Attorney in Georgetown, Ohio
In every divorce scenario involving minor children, child custody is among the key issues that must be resolved before the divorce can be finalized. If you are considering filing for divorce and want to understand how to establish or change child custody agreements, you might be feeling overwhelmed.
As an experienced Ohio family law attorney at Rachel V. Triplett, Attorney At Law, LLC, I'm dedicated to providing knowledgeable guidance and advocacy to clients in family law and child custody-related matters. I'm available to discuss your unique situation and enlighten you about your possible legal options. Whether you are trying to establish child custody or modify an existing arrangement, I can guide you through every phase of the legal proceedings and help you make intelligent decisions.
My firm—Rachel V. Triplett, Attorney At Law, LLC—proudly serves individuals and families throughout Adams and Brown County.
Establishing a Child Custody Arrangement
Establishing a child custody agreement is important to determine each parent's rights, duties, and responsibilities in a divorce. In Ohio, a child custody agreement may be established in any of the following ways:
Uncontested Custody Arrangement
In an uncontested child custody arrangement, both parents are able to work together to determine mutually acceptable custody terms and conditions. All custody terms agreed upon will be carefully documented and presented to the Ohio court for official approval.
An uncontested custody arrangement helps save time, money, and allows both parents to have more control over the final custody agreement. An experienced lawyer can help protect your best interests and keep the conversation productive and on track.
Contested Custody Arrangement
In a contested child custody arrangement, both parties are not able to agree on one or more important terms of the custody arrangement or parenting plan. The Ohio court will step in to help settle custody issues and determine custody based on the child's best interest and welfare.
If your custody battle ends up in Ohio court, a skilled family law attorney can help present your case diligently, protect your rights, and increase your chances of getting a favorable custody judgment.
Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody
In a contested child custody case, the Ohio court may grant custody either solely to a single parent (sole custody) or shared between both parties (joint custody).
Joint Custody: In joint custody, both parents will share physical and legal child custody. The child's parents are required to work together to establish a schedule when either parent can be with the child. Also, both parents must make major life decisions about the child together.
Sole Custody: In sole custody, the judge will award physical and legal custody to one of the child's parents. This often occurs when the Ohio court deems the other parent unfit to raise the child. It could be a result of domestic violence, neglect, financial instability, or drug abuse.
Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody
Additionally, custody may be classified into two categories: legal and physical custody.
Physical Custody: Physical custody involves the rights, duties, and obligations to take care of a child physically. The child will live with the parent who has physical custody. The parent with physical custody will be responsible for activities and tasks such as bathing the child, taking the child to school, preparing meals, and other day-to-day activities. The other parent may be allocated parenting time.
Legal Custody: Legal custody involves the rights and obligation to make important decisions about the upbringing of the child. Legal custody deals with major life issues, including education, religious observance, medical care, joining the military, discipline, and other vital matters affecting the child's life and welfare.
Factors Considered in Determining Custody
In a contested child custody agreement, the Ohio court will determine custody based on the best interest of the child. In Ohio, the court may consider the following factors to determine custody:
The reasonable wishes, preferences, and concerns of the child
The mental and physical health of each parent
The child's mental and physical health
The emotional relationships between the child and their parents, siblings, and other household members, including caregivers
The capacity of each parent to provide a safe home environment as well as suitable food, clothing, and medical care
The ability of the child to adjust to a change in home, school, and community
The presence of domestic violence in the home
The wishes and concerns of the parents
The willingness of either parent to encourage and promote the child's relationship with the other parent
Any other factors deemed relevant by the court
Each child custody case is unique. A child custody attorney can evaluate every aspect of your particular situation and work intelligently to address and resolve custody issues peacefully and productively.
Modifying an Existing Child Custody Arrangement
In Ohio, a child custody order will remain in place until it is modified, or the child turns 18 years or is emancipated. However, either parent can petition a request to change custody. To modify an existing child custody arrangement in Ohio, the requesting parent must show that:
There has been a material change in circumstances since the existing custody order was established
It is in the best interests of the child to adjust custody
Some major life events that allow you to seek a modification to a child custody agreement include:
Loss of employment by the custodial parent
A change in the mental or physical health of either parent
The custodial parent is non-compliant with the custody agreement.
The custodial parent is acting abusively
A change in the work schedule of either parent
Apparent danger to the child due to domestic abuse or neglect
The other parent has continuously ignored scheduled parenting time.
One parent has unreasonably denied the other parent visitation time
The death of the custodial parent
Work With an Experienced Family Law Attorney
Determining which parent gets child custody rights in a divorce is usually fiercely contested. Establishing a parenting plan, agreeing on parental responsibility, and determining parent visitation with your estranged spouse can make the whole process daunting and overwhelming. It’s important to reach out to an experienced family law attorney for detailed guidance.
At Rachel V. Triplett, Attorney At Law, LLC, I have devoted my career to guiding and representing clients in complex family law matters involving child custody and parental visitation. As your attorney, I will review your unique circumstances, advise you on your available legal options, and help you determine what is best for you and your children.
With my extensive experience, I’m ready to guide you through the legal processes involved in establishing child custody, allocating parenting time, or modifying custody agreements. I will work meticulously with all parties involved to establish a parenting plan—physical custody, legal custody, child support, child care, and a visitation schedule—that is in everyone's best interests.
Child Custody Attorney
Serving Georgetown, Ohio
If you are trying to establish or modify a child custody arrangement, contact my firm—Rachel V. Triplett, Attorney At Law, LLC—today to schedule a simple consultation. I can offer you the detailed legal counsel and support you need to navigate crucial decisions in your divorce and child custody case. My firm is proud to serve clients in Georgetown, Ohio, and throughout Adams County and Brown County.