Selecting a Child Custody Lawyer
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 term “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, participation in decision making, and other aspects are only restricted upon legal findings of abuse, neglect, or other factors. The court will conclude whether they have or will negatively impact the best interests of the child, such as domestic violence, and alcohol or drug abuse.