When there are children involved, the divorce process can be highly complicated as parents try to balance the best interests of the child with their own schedules and needs. Emotion can cloud judgment in child custody matters and Ohio law is complex, especially as custody evolves into the preferred arrangement commonly termed “shared parenting.”
The child custody team at Fout Law in North Canton, OH assists clients with all types of custody issues. Attorney Teresa Fout has extensive experience taking on a number of different roles in the process, as divorce counsel, child custody advocate, mediator, and trial lawyer. Where you and the child’s other parent can agree on custody, our team will ensure a smooth process. If it’s necessary to take the matter to court, we’re at your side.
Ohio is one of many states that recognize the importance of both parents in the life of a child, so the traditional notion of “joint custody” now falls under the concept of shared parenting. In this arrangement, both parents are considered residential parents; the child legally lives with each one, though one parent is designated for purposes of school residence.
In some cases, it’s not appropriate to order a shared parenting arrangement due to one parent’s mental health, substance abuse, or use of domestic violence. The other parent may request sole custody with limited or supervised visitation if it would be in the child’s best interests.
Child custody is among the more difficult issues at stake in an Ohio divorce case, so it’s smart to retain an experienced attorney to take on the tough challenges. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you understand the legal implications involved, so you’re in a better position to make informed decisions regarding your future. To hear more about your options in a child custody case, please contact the North Canton, OH office of Fout Law at 330-437-7455 or visit our website.