The Ohio court typically believes that children are best able to cope with divorce when provided ample time with both parents as they adapt to new lifestyles. At times, a judge overseeing a child custody case may determine that a parent is unfit or may somehow be a detriment to his or her children, thereby ordering supervised visits only or, in some situations, none at all. In situations where parents are unable to agree, litigation may be needed to resolve child custody conflicts.

If the court considers a situation to be high conflict, it may decide that shared custody is not an option. The court always makes custody decisions with children’s best interests in mind and would no doubt want to avoid placing kids in a position where they would be perpetually caught in the middle of feuding parents. Some parents are aware of the court’s typical position on such matters and try to drum up conflict or make minor issues into major ones because they don’t want joint custody.

High levels of conflict are known to have a negative impact on children’s emotional health, especially in divorce. Emotional issues can also affect physical health. Recent studies show, however, that shared parenting in high conflict situations may be doable as long as the number of custody transfers is kept to a minimum. The less kids have to move back and forth between their parents’ households, the better.

Ohio parents who agree to shield their children from their conflicts may also be able to successfully execute a shared child custody plan. Asking someone else to drop off or pick up the kids or, at least, agreeing to avoid arguing in front of them may be all that’s needed to keep stress levels low and help create an agreeable co-parenting environment. If a legal dispute arises, support is readily available by requesting a meeting with an experienced family law attorney.