Be prepared to address child custody issues

If you've recently filed divorce papers in an Ohio court, you are likely spending a lot of time thinking about the future. As a parent, you want to make sure that your divorce settlement includes a fair and agreeable child custody plan. Even spouses who were fairly like-minded in marriage often learn how different they are when it comes to deciding factors regarding where children will live, who will make decisions about their medical, academic and religious life, as well as where children will spend their holidays and summer vacations.

In all such matters, the court has the final say. If you and your spouse agree on every issue, you can basically write out your own plan and seek the court's approval. However, if you disagree about even one issue and are unable to resolve the problem, you may need to enter litigation so that the court can make the ultimate decision.

A litigated situation is generally going to take longer. If your spouse is trying to impede your parent/child relationship, you may want to enlist the help of an experienced family law attorney to protect your parental rights and to make sure your children's best interests are the central focus of all proceedings. Walking into court with an attorney by your side can increase your chances of obtaining a satisfactory outcome.

Okeefe Family Law, LLC, has more than 25 years of experience providing support to families facing child custody problems in Ohio. Having an active, close relationship with your child following divorce is understandably one of your highest priorities. We are fully committed to helping you protect your rights and work toward a settlement that is centered on your children's well-being.

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