In many divorce cases in Ohio, the most important issue for the parties involved is child custody. Some couples are able to work out an agreement on how the issue will be handled, but there are many who simply cannot agree. After all, the parties in a divorce often are not coming from a good place, especially in how they agree or disagree. What factors affect child custody issues?
Well, for starters, it will be important to address both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make choices for how the child will be raised, such as where the child will attend school and what religious practices the child will be raised in. Physical custody refers to where the child will actually reside: when, with who and for how long.
When it comes to legal custody, there usually must be some extenuating circumstances for a family court judge to rule that one parent gets full legal custody over another. It is more typical that the parties will share joint legal custody. It is the same with physical custody in many cases, although there may need to be some finessing of schedules to make the ultimate physical custody arrangement work.
Every divorce case is different, so every child custody issue will have a wide variety of factors that may complicate the efforts to reach a resolution, whether it is with an out-of-court agreement or a ruling by a judge. At our law firm, we do our best to help make sure that Ohio residents know their legal rights and options. For more information, please visit the child custody overview section of our law firm's website.