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Find Out About Parental Rights and Responsibilities With Middletown Child Custody Lawyers

Learn how to file for child custody in Ohio

Child custody and visitation rights decisions are very difficult and emotional issues for all the parties. These issues can be very complex both factually and procedurally, and often contested. Filing for child custody and visitation with the assistance of an experienced family law lawyer can help you get through this difficult process.  Combs, Schaefer, Ball & Little has the experience and the results in child custody and visitation decisions in the Courts of Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Clinton counties.

Generally, the custody process begins when either one or both parents file a motion or complaint seeking custody of their children. If one of the parents is seeking shared parenting, that parent must file a shared parenting plan with the court. Typically, the shared parenting plan would address all factors relevant to the care of the children, including:

  • Physical Living Arrangements
  • School District Placement
  • Daily Parenting Time Allocation
  • Holiday, Vacation, Summer Parenting Time Allocation
  • Child Support Obligations
  • Health Care Decision Making
  • Allocation of Health Care Costs and Extra-curricular Costs
  • Parental Communication Issues

Factors in determining how child custody is decided in Ohio

Combs, Schaefer, Ball & Little custody and family law attorneys serving Middletown, Lebanon, West Chester, Franklin and surround areas in Southwest Ohio can guide you through the complex areas of child custody to ensure you protect your parental rights.

Our attorneys have successfully litigated numerous child custody cases in Ohio courts. Under Ohio Law, custody and visitation cases are decided in terms of what is deemed by the court to be in the best interest of the child. In order to make a determination, the court reviews evidence such as: testimony, child’s wishes, current living arrangements, ability to care for the child, mental health of the parties, and other facts considered pertinent in making a final determination.


Maintaining a relationship with your child

It is essential that you establish and maintain contact with your children. Whether you’re interested in retaining custody or getting it for the first time, the court meticulously reviews the degree to which you’re involved in your children’s lives. Documenting trips, presents bought, birthdays attended, phone calls made, and other forms of contact is crucial if you plan on convincing the court of your case.

We’re prepared to fight for you and your children – call us today!

Child custody is a complicated area of law requiring the assistance of a reliable attorney with a history of success. Contact Combs, Schaefer, Ball & Little online or by telephone at 513-424-1660 for a free initial consultation about your child custody issues.