In a child custody dispute, either parent may be awarded custody depending upon the facts of the current situation, and what the court deems as what is in the best interest of the child. In awarding primary custody to one parent over the other, the court may not give preference based upon a parent's financial status or condition.
The court must take all relevant and appropriate information into account in an effort to make a fair and reasonable determination of how the child's best interests will be served based upon the current circumstances.
Once the court makes it's decision regarding the primary custody of the child, or children, they may issue a court order to allocate the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the children, thus outlining the primary custodial parents rights and obligations, as well as the parent which is issued visitation rights.
Family law court orders pertaining to the custody and visitation of a child often includes issues such as:
Even in a situation where the issues surrounding the child were successfully mediated prior to a child custody hearing, in order for the agreement to be valid, the court must sign off on it as fair, reasonable, and in the best interest of the child. Contact Attorney Jeff Levy (419) 244-1001 to schedule a Free Initial Confidential, Legal Consultation.
In the event that circumstances with either parent significantly changes, which may warrant a post judgment child custody or visitation modification, either parent may file for a modification hearing to change the existing child custody and visitation court order. Modification requests are not typically well received by the other parent, and are typically heavily disputed.
As a law firm which provides professional legal services relating to child custody and visitation, we are experienced, prepared, and well qualified to represent you in even the most difficult of legal challenges you may be facing. We are well versed in marital and family law, and know how to apply the law to your specific legal needs and goals.
If you require professional legal advice and representation regarding child custody or visitation issues, contact our office at (419) 244-1001 to schedule a confidential, legal consultation with an experienced child custody attorney & lawyer.