Child Custody

Columbus Child Custody Attorney

Serving Families throughout Columbus, New Albany, Delaware County, Dublin & Westerville, OH

Dealing with child custody issues can often be a difficult issue between parents. Whether married or unmarried, you need a team that will fight for your parental rights for you child(ren).  Our team of Columbus child custody attorneys are well-versed in Ohio's laws regarding custody agreements. Whether your case involves a pending divorce or whether it occurred after court orders have been issued by a judge, you can turn to our experienced  family law attorney. If you are in need of assistance, contact our firm today to get started on your case.

Child Custody in Ohio

Child custody in Ohio is covered by Ohio Revised Code Section 3109.04. Ohio refers to child custody as the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Courts prefer that children maintain a continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents when households are separate. This would only be denied in cases where a parent has a history of domestic violence, child neglect or abuse, or substance abuse. In those situations, the court may allow the implicated parent to have some alternate form of visitation, such as visits supervised by a third party. 

Courts commonly award joint physical custody to both parents based on a parenting schedule that splits the time the child spends with each parent. These schedules may not be on a 50-50 basis but are based on many factors, such as proximity of households, work schedules, school or daycare locations, and more. Courts also prefer that both parents have a say in the major decisions involving the child’s upbringing, such as education, healthcare, religion, and more, which is commonly known as “legal” custody. In some cases, however, sole legal custody may be granted to only one parent. 

 Set up a free introductory consultation with our Columbus child custody attorney today. Contact Morgan Law Offices at (614) 714-4800 to get started.

Understanding Child Custody Laws 

When it comes to child custody matters in Ohio, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of the laws and regulations that govern these cases. At Morgan Law Offices LLC, our experienced family law attorneys are well-versed in Ohio's child custody laws and can provide you with the guidance and support you need.

Here are some key points to know about child custody in Ohio:

  • Types of custody: In Ohio, there are two main types of custody - legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about the child's upbringing, while physical custody determines where the child will live.
  • Best interests of the child: When making custody decisions, the court considers the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, their physical and emotional well-being, and their wishes (if they are old enough) are taken into account.
  • Visitation rights: Even if one parent is granted primary custody, the other parent typically has visitation rights. The court aims to ensure that both parents maintain a meaningful relationship with the child, unless there are circumstances that would endanger the child's well-being.
  • Modifications and enforcement: Child custody orders can be modified if there are significant changes in circumstances or if one parent fails to comply with the court's orders. Our attorneys can assist you in seeking modifications or enforcing custody orders.

At Morgan Law Offices LLC, we understand the complexities and emotional challenges that come with child custody cases. Our compassionate Columbus child custody attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and the best interests of your child. .

Creating a Parenting Plan

When it comes to child custody cases, one of the most important things parents can do is create a parenting plan. A parenting plan outlines the specific details of how the parents will share responsibilities and make decisions regarding their child's care and upbringing. It can also help reduce conflict and provide a sense of stability for the child.

Our experienced Columbus family law attorneys can help you create a comprehensive parenting plan that takes into account the unique needs and circumstances of your family. Some key elements that may be included in a parenting plan are:

  • Time-sharing schedule
  • Division of parental responsibilities
  • Communication guidelines
  • Education and healthcare decisions
  • Relocation guidelines
  • Dispute resolution methods

At Morgan Law Offices LLC, our Columbus child custody attorneys understand that every family is different and we work closely with our clients to create a customized parenting plan that meets their specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your Ohio child custody case.

Protect Your Child's Best Interests with Experienced Representation

If you need legal assistance with any issues related to child custody, our team of child custody lawyers are here for you. Our firm is backed by more than four decades of practice in this field. At Morgan Law Offices LLC, we understand that child custody disputes can be emotionally charged and stressful. Our team of experienced family law attorneys is dedicated to advocating for the best interests of your child and providing you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the legal process.

When you work with us, you can expect:

  • Compassionate and personalized representation
  • A thorough understanding of Ohio child custody laws
  • Effective negotiation and litigation skills
  • Clear communication and updates throughout your case

We will work with you to develop a comprehensive parenting plan that addresses the unique needs of your family, including visitation schedules, decision-making authority, and child support arrangements. Our goal is to help you reach a resolution that promotes your child's well-being and provides stability for your family.

Don't navigate the complex world of child custody alone. Contact Morgan Law Offices LLC today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys.

Commonly Asked Child Custody Questions

What is the difference between physical and legal custody?

Physical custody refers to where the child lives, while legal custody refers to the right to make decisions about the child's upbringing. Both can be shared or granted to only one parent.

What factors do courts consider when deciding custody arrangements?

Courts consider many factors, such as the child's relationship with each parent, each parent's ability to provide for the child's needs, the child's preference (if they are old enough), and more.

Can grandparents or other relatives get custody of a child?

In certain situations, grandparents or other relatives may be granted custody of a child if it is in the child's best interests and the parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child.

How long does a custody case typically take?

The length of a custody case can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the cooperation of the parties involved, and the court's schedule. It could take a few months to over a year.

Can custody agreements be modified?

Yes, custody agreements can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a parent moving to a different state or a change in the child's needs.


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