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Matters of child custody can be challenging and very emotional. Prolonged disputes can take a toll on the parents and the children. Resolving these sensitive matters quickly and effectively requires a family law attorney who has extensive knowledge of the laws and procedures pertaining to child custody cases.

At DeBra Law, LLC, we can help you navigate the complex legal process and create a parenting plan that works for you and your children. Our Cincinnati child custody lawyer has a proven record of achieving fair custodial arrangements that protect the best interests of the child. Whether you are a father or a mother, you deserve to stay involved in your child’s life, and we can help you protect your parental rights.

Determining Child Custody In Ohio

The ideal situation for any custody case is that the parents would agree on the terms of the arrangement themselves. When a couple cannot agree on child custody, the matter will be brought before a judge who will decide for them. In Ohio, the courts make child custody decisions based on the best interest of the child.

To determine a child’s best interests, a judge will consider many factors, including:

  • What the child wants if they are old enough to have a say
  • What the parents desire for the child
  • What adjustments the child would need to make regarding home, school and community
  • The physical and mental health of the child and parents
  • The child’s relationship with parents and siblings
  • The willingness of each parent to encourage an ongoing relationship between the child and the other parent
  • The cooperation of the parents in decision-making
  • The presence and potential of domestic violence

Based on its evaluation of the above criteria, the court will make a decision about whom the child will live with, what the visitation schedule will be like and who has the right to make important decisions for the child. Although the court prefers to grant joint custody, or shared parenting, there are rare situations where the judge may grant sole custody to one parent.

When Can A Child Choose Which Parent To Live With In Ohio?

In Ohio, a child cannot choose which parent they wish to live with until they are 18 years old. Once a child is 12 years or older, the court will consider the child’s wishes, but the court is not obligated to fulfill them. Ultimately, the court will create a custody order that is meant to protect the child’s best interests.

At What Age Can A Father Get 50-50 Custody?

A father can try to get 50-50 custody at any age, as long as the child is no longer breastfeeding. The reason for this is that a child who is breastfeeding depends on his or her mother being physically near each day. Once a child is weaned, fathers have an increased chance of being awarded 50/50 custody.

Get Help From A Cincinnati Child Custody Attorney Today

When you hire our law firm, you benefit from personalized, one-on-one representation. We are available for you at every stage of the process and can keep you informed of what is happening with your case. DeBra Law, LLC, is here to guide you through this difficult time. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 513-548-5920 or complete our contact form. We serve clients throughout Greater Cincinnati.