Child Custody Lawyers in Greene County
Helping Clients Manage Custody Disputes in the Greater Miami Valley and Surrounding Areas
Each state has its own unique child custody laws. It is important to understand your rights and how the law applies to your situation, when dealing with a custody dispute or working out a child custody agreement during a divorce. At Crossman & McNamee, LLC, our Greene County child custody attorneys understand the difficulty of dealing with a custody dispute and work to help our clients find the best resolution for themselves and their children.
Types of Child Custody
Ohio law separates custody issues and decisions into different types, including physical and legal custody. Physical custody recognizes where the children will live and who will have responsibility for the child. Legal custody is the right to make certain decisions for the child, such as educational, medical, and religious upbringing. Custody may be awarded jointly, with both parents sharing the rights and responsibilities of parenthood, or sole custody, with one parent retaining these rights and responsibilities and the other being awarded visitation.
How Courts Make Custody Decisions
When divorcing parents are unable to come to an agreement through negotiations, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, the court will make the final decisions regarding custody. Courts make decisions based on the best interests of the child. Judges consider factors such as each parent’s mental and physical health, criminal records, the child’s current school situation, observations of the relationships between the child and each parent, and the preference of the child, if he or she is old enough and mature enough.
Our attorneys represent parents in custody and visitation issues, including:
- Sole and joint physical custody
- Legal custody and decision-making
- Visitation rights
- Enforcement of custody orders
- Modification of custody
- Grandparent visitation
- Juvenile delinquency and dependence proceedings
We believe that parents’ maintaining a cordial relationship is in the best interest of the children and work to help clients resolve disputes through negotiations or mediation, whenever possible. Unfortunately, this is not possible in every situation. when litigation becomes necessary, you can rest assured that our Greene County child custody lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights in court.
Please contact our law firm at (937) 468-3796 to get advice from an experienced attorney.