Dayton Child Custody Attorney

In determining which parent receives custody, the court will decide what is in the best interests of the children. How does a court determine what is in their best interests? There are a number of different factors involved in making this decision. In fact, the court can consider anything when applying this standard to your case. The court typically looks into the ages of the children, the living situation of each parent, the family support of each parent, the stability of the parents, criminal records, parenting techniques, the preferences of the children, and many other factors.

Custody can be a complicated issue in a divorce or juvenile case. The court will focus on the child and the child’s needs, not yours. After reviewing all the evidence, the court will apply the law and issue a decision as to which parent will receive custody.

Due to the fact there are so many different considerations to made by the court, there are a number of different strategies that can be used to help the court decide in your favor. At Kane Law Offices we have the experience and knowledge to form the right argument to help you win your custody case.

How is Child Custody Decided in Ohio?

In Ohio, child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child, with the overarching goal of ensuring a stable and nurturing environment. The courts consider various factors to make informed decisions that prioritize the child's well-being. Key considerations include:

  • Child's Wishes: While not determinative, the court may consider the child's preferences, especially if they are of an appropriate age and maturity to express a reasonable opinion.
  • Parental Fitness: The court evaluates each parent's physical and mental fitness, considering factors such as their ability to provide a safe and supportive environment.
  • Emotional Ties: Maintaining the child's existing relationships and emotional bonds is crucial. The court examines the history of the child's relationships with each parent and their extended family.
  • Co-Parenting Ability: The willingness and ability of parents to cooperate and facilitate a healthy co-parenting relationship are important factors. Courts may favor arrangements that encourage shared responsibilities.
  • Stability and Continuity: Courts aim to minimize disruption in the child's life. Factors such as the child's school, community ties, and daily routine are considered.
  • History of Abuse or Neglect: Any history of abuse or neglect, whether directed towards the child or the other parent, significantly influences custody decisions.
  • Work Schedules and Living Arrangements: The court assesses each parent's work schedule, living conditions, and the proximity of their residences.

Ultimately, the court may award sole or joint custody, with a focus on creating a custody arrangement that fosters the child's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The legal representation that our Dayton child custody attorneys provide is crucial to navigating the complexities of child custody proceedings in Ohio and advocating for the best interests of the child.

Call Kan Law Offices at (937) 887-4700.

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