Navigating the Allocation of Parental Responsibility, Custody, and Shared Rights
There are so many layers to divorce. There is the emotional toll of making the decision to separate, there is the actual divorce, and then there is navigating the separation of assets, child custody arrangements, and child support. Under Ohio law, the issues of child custody, support, and care are primarily focused on the best interests of the children.
Navigating the aspects of family law as it pertains to child custody in Ohio requires professional legal counsel dedicated to child custody. At The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Kline LLC, our child custody attorney has over 20 years of experience exclusively in family law and can help you work towards a positive resolution for you and more importantly, your children.
Ohio Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Parenting orders, or child custody orders, are one of the most important steps in the divorce process for parents of minors. The Ohio court system is tasked with ruling on the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities between both divorcing parties.
Throughout the divorce process, parenting orders will state who has residential and legal custody of the children after the divorce. It also includes three main areas of responsibility:
- Decision-making – The court must determine which parent has the authority to make day-to-day decisions (discipline, daily routines, etc.) as well as major decisions (school, religion, medical care, etc.). In some cases, a judge can order that all major decisions must be discussed by both parents.
- Parenting time responsibilities – The court must clearly define the child’s schedule and contact agreements with caregivers. This can include transportation plans, holiday schedules, and travel expectations.
- Child support – The court must decide on any child support agreements based on what is in the best interest of the child.
To decide on custody arrangements in Ohio, the court considers each parent’s ability to care for the child. Just some of the factors they use to determine parenting orders include their:
- Ability to care for their children
- Ability to follow court mandates
- Mental and physical health
- Overall character
- Family relations
- Cooperation with the other party in the divorce
- History of substance abuse or criminal record
Working with a board certified child custody attorney who can hold your hand during the allocation of parental responsibility will make the process less emotional and more efficient. At The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Kline LLC, our board certified child custody lawyer will evaluate your unique circumstances to help manage expectations surrounding parenting orders.
How The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Kline LLC Can Help You Navigate Parenting Orders
Every custody case is unique. The length of time you spend in court deciding on the issues surrounding the allocation of parental responsibilities depends on how much there is to discuss and if any professional evaluations are needed.
When it comes to something as complex and critical as the custody arrangement with your children, you need a child custody lawyer that has years of experience in family law and who can help you navigate both the emotional and legal aspects of parenting orders.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Kline LLC, we know your goal is to move efficiently through court proceedings while also doing what is right for your children. Working exclusively in family law since 2001 has given our board certified child custody attorney a unique perspective and a breadth of knowledge when it comes to Ohio family law. Lean on our expertise to help you come out the other side of your divorce hopeful for the future.
Learn More about the Allocation of Parental Responsibility From Our Columbus, Ohio Family Law Attorney
The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Kline is located in Columbus, Ohio, and serves families in and around Delaware, Grove City, Newark, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, Upper Arlington, and Delaware, Licking, Madison and Franklin Counties. We are committed to doing what is right for our clients and helping them navigate this difficult time in their life. Schedule a risk-free consultation with our Ohio State Bar Association board certified child custody attorney.