How to Obtain Child Custody in Ohio

Child custody issues occur when the mother and the father of the minor child or children are living separate and apart from each other.

This could happen as a result of divorce, dissolution, legal separation, or when the parents were never married.

Whatever the situation, our attorneys are sympathetic listeners and tough negotiators who can assist you in obtaining custody of your child or children.

Ruling in the Best Interest of the Child

The courts in Ohio make child custody determinations based upon the best interests of the children. The court will consider the testimony of either or both parents to determine how to allocate parental rights and responsibilities. A lawyer can assist you in preparing your testimony for the child custody hearing so you have the best chance of receiving a favorable outcome.

Parental Rights

The judge or magistrate that is assigned to your case may allocate the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the children in either of the following ways:

  1. Sole Custody- One parent receives the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the children. That parent is designated the residential parent and the legal custodian of the child. The other parent will have the responsibility to provide support for the children and the right to have continuing contact with the children.
  2. Shared Parenting - Both parents share the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the children. Both parents share all or some of the physical and legal care of the children. Child support may be ordered.

Modification of Custody Court Order

Sometimes there are changes in family situations which require an adjustment to current child custody arrangements. Attorneys Curtis and Langholz handle situations in which a previous child support order needs to be modified. This could occur in a number of different situations, for instance: a child wants to live with a different parent, a parent is not complying with the child custody order, or a parent’s household is not suitable for the children. Child-related issues are always modifiable until the child reaches the age of 18 and graduates from high school.

Portage and Summit Counties Custody Lawyer in Ravenna and Stow

Contact Attorney Kristen Curtis or Attorney Eli Heller at 330-296-8000 (Ravenna Office) or 330-686-2890 (Stow Office) for a free consultation.

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The attorneys in our law firm primarily service Portage County courts (Ravenna and Kent), Summit County courts (Akron, Stow, Barberton), and Cuyahoga County courts (Cleveland, Garfield Heights, Bedford, Parma, Rocky River etc...). Cases in all other courts in NorthEast Ohio are handled under specific terms and conditions.