Child custody and visitation rights decisions are often the most difficult and emotionally wrenching issues in divorce or dissolution. Allocating these rights is a procedurally complex and legally challenging task, and these decisions are often bitterly contested. Filing for child custody and visitation with the assistance of experienced family law lawyers can help you get through this difficult period. Ernst & Associates has achieved successful results for more than 25 years in child custody and visitation decisions in the courts of Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery and Clinton counties.
The custody process begins when either or both parents file a motion seeking custody of their children. The parents must file a plan for custody arrangements. Typically, the plan should address all the factors relevant to the care of the children, including:
In general, the court’s preference is for a shared parenting plan to ensure that both parents have frequent and continuing contact with their child.
Ernst & Associates’ family law attorneys serving Lebanon, Mason, West Chester and surrounding areas in southwest Ohio can help you address the complex details needed to file a persuasive parenting plan that supports your parental rights. Our divorce attorneys have successfully addressed child custody cases in Ohio courts for decades.
The court can award custody in a number of ways:
Before reaching a decision on what is in the child’s best interest, the court can order an extensive study of the family members, investigating the character, family relations, past conduct, earning ability and financial worth of each parent and including medical, psychological and psychiatric examinations.
Child custody is a complicated area of the law requiring the assistance of a reliable attorney with a track record of success. Contact Ernst & Associates online or by telephone at 513-970-6200 for a free initial consultation about your child custody issues.