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A discussion of visitation options for noncustodial parents

Child custody is an important legal matter that Ohio parents must address when they choose to end their relationships in divorce. Custody concerns two particular forms of parental rights, physical and legal, both of which have been discussed on this family law blog. However, if a parent is not awarded custodial rights to their children, specifically, physical custody rights, then they may find themselves contending over a visitation order or plan.

What should parents know about legal custody?

Negotiating a child custody agreement is no small feat. Ohio parents who have elected to end their marriages or discontinue their personal relationships may discover that even though they have chosen to no longer be involved in each other's lives, there is no way for them to fully disentangle themselves due to the presence of their shared children.

Preparing children and schedules for the new school year

The back to school season is upon Ohio families and all across the state children are slowly filtering back to their educational institutions. While some may be returning to familiar schools, others may be transitioning to new schools as they advance through higher grades.

The role of physical custody in a child's post-divorce life

A divorce can be a difficult time for children. Aside from the regular stresses and fears that they may possess at their age, a child in Ohio may worry about who will care for them when their household is suddenly split into two. Courts that handle custody cases prioritize the best interests of the children whose lives are affected by separation and divorce, and one of the most important things that they must decide is how the children's physical custody will be managed.

How to establish paternity in Ohio

There are many familial situations in Ohio. Sometimes when people have children they are married and sometimes they are not. While having a child while married or not does not change the biological parents of the child, it does have an effect on who are the legal parents of the child. There is a presumption that if a couple is married at the time the child was born, that the father is the legal father. However, if the couple is not married, there is not automatically a presumed father.

Getting answers to important child custody questions

Parents in Ohio rarely find it easy to end their marriages. In fact, some wait until their kids are out of the house to terminate their relationships simply because they do not want to put the stress of child custody arrangements on them. It can be incredibly difficult for parents to tell their kids that their lives are going to be uprooted as their parents split their household into two.

What role might virtual visitation play in an Ohio custody order?

Some people say that the world is getting smaller because people are so easily connected by telecommunications and personal electronic devices. What once may have required a person to write a long physical letter and mail it through precarious channels to reach a distant recipient can now be communicated almost instantly through texting with individuals all across the globe. A Dublin, Ohio, resident can get in touch with a Dublin, Ireland, resident in a matter of moments, as long as they have each other's telephone numbers or email addresses.

How are child custody determinations made?

What is the best interests of the child? It may be a term you have heard related to child custody and child custody determinations. The bests interests of the child standard is used to determine what child custody arrangement is best for a child and is worth parents taking the time to understand. The best interests of the child is the guiding focus whenever child custody decisions are made and involves the consideration of a number of different factors to determine what is in the best interests of the child.

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