Who gets custody of a child — the mother or the father — is based on what’s considered to be the “best interest” of the child. Ohio courts gather a variety of information to determine what that “best interest” includes.
Some of the factors they’ll consider are the:
- Wishes of the child’s parents regarding his care
- Child’s interaction and interrelationship with his parents and anyone else who may have a direct impact on care, as well as the child’s preferences (primarily if the child is over age 12)
- Child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community
- The “better parent” standard
When a parent requests sole custody, the court will sometimes follow the “better parent” standard.… Read more