Selecting a Child Custody Lawyer
When contested, child custody is perhaps the most important issue for both parties in an Ohio divorce, relocation, modification, or non-parental child custody case.
The information provided below will answer many questions concerning child custody in family law cases. If you need a child custody attorney to represent or advise you regarding your rights and responsibilities of parenthood, contact experienced child custody lawyer, Charles Bendig to assist you.
Ohio Custodial Parent Laws
In the State of Ohio, a child's residential schedule and other parental rights and responsibilities are usually addressed in a court order called a "Parenting Plan," The plan is determined by mutual agreement or by the court, and usually with the guidance of a licensed divorce attorney or child custody lawyer. The court's responsibility under the law is to ensure that the Parenting Plan arrangements serve the best interests of the child
The phrase "child custody" is sometimes misinterpreted to mean that the parent designated as the "custodial parent" enjoys greater rights than the "non-custodial parent." In fact, the parent who is named the custodial parent in a parenting plan is designated as such solely for purposes of state laws.
The non-custodial parent typically retains his or her parental rights under the parenting plan, including residential time and decision making, regardless of custodial designations. Parental rights such as residential time with the child, participating in decision making, and other aspects of the parent/child relationship are only restricted upon legal findings of abuse, neglect, or factors which the court concludes has or will negatively impact the best interests of the child, such as domestic violence, and alcohol or drug abuse.
Non-Parental and Grandparents Custody
In non-parental custody cases it is typical to have increased restrictions on parental rights, as the courts must determine the parents unfit or unwilling to meet parental responsibilities, thereby awarding the custody of the child to the petitioner.
High-Conflict Child Custody Cases
In high-conflict child custody cases (sexual abuse allegations, domestic violence, or drug or alcohol abuse) limitations can include no contact, limited contact, or supervised contact between parent and child. High-conflict child custody law is often highly complex, and it is critical that these cases be managed strategically from the very beginning.
Charles Bendig- Respected Child Custody Lawyer
We have successfully represented clients in divorces and other family law actions involving both contested and agreed child custody and parenting plan matters. We understand these cases are often emotional and profoundly consequential to our clients and their children. We ensure that each client understands the strengths and weaknesses of their unique case so they may make the best child custody and parenting plan decisions for their families.
Charles Bendig LLC is a premier divorce and family law firm in the Columbus Ohio area. For more than thirty eight years, our firm has built a legacy of success in representing clients involved in Ohio divorce and family law matters, including all cases involving child custody.
If you are contemplating filing a divorce, parenting plan modification, paternity case, non-parental custody action, or other family law action involving child custody. Let's get started. ➤