Child Custody

Some of the most difficult family law questions deal with child custody. Whether you are faced with these difficult decisions during a divorce or are an unmarried parent dealing with paternity and custody, we are prepared to help you advocate for your child’s best interests. While Bobbie vigorously supports her clients, she is also always aware that protecting the best interests of the children involved in these types of cases is of paramount importance.

Child custody cases can be settled in various ways. It is usually best for all parties to come to an agreement through mediation, collaborative law, or negotiation. In a child custody battle, it is generally best to maintain an uncontentious relationship with your former spouse as much as possible, for the wellbeing of your child. In some cases, having the courts decide is the best option, but this process can take longer and is often far more expensive. Whichever way you choose to go about this difficult process, we will work with you to keep you integrally involved in your child’s life.

Beyond representing parents in basic custody matters, Bobbie also handles cases involving:

  • Child support disputes
  • Paternity
  • Move-aways and relocation
  • Post-decree custody modifications
  • Contempt and enforcement
  • Third-party child custody issues and Grandparent’s Rights

In some cases, it is a possibility that someone other than a child’s parent will want to gain custody of the child. If you are seeking representation for a third-party custody matter, Bobbie is here to offer you advice and advocacy. In deciding third-party custody cases, courts are guided by the principle of protecting the best interests of the child and determining the fitness of the custodial parent. Bobbie is well-versed in the factors courts use to determine rulings on these cases and can help you pursue your third-party custody rights.

Bobbie represents grandparents, stepparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, godparents, people in same-sex relationships and other non-parents seeking custody of children.

When dealing with child support, again, courts are guided in a way in which they preserve the best interests of the child or children involved in the case. In Ohio, child support is determined by the number of children involved, both parents’ incomes, and other important factors. If you are seeking child support or paying child support, it is very important to work with an attorney who is knowledgeable about Ohio child support laws and understands how and when deviations from the standard “guideline” child support apply.

Some deviations include:

  • Special needs of the child such as a disability
  • Child support obligations from another relationship
  • Visitation considerations like travel expenses

*Note that when the combined gross income of both parents is more than $150,000, child support cases are often reviewed more closely on a case-by-case basis.

Whatever your situation is, let Bobbie help you decipher the best plan of action for you.

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