Child custody may be an issue in a divorce action or after a divorce or dissolution has been granted in domestic relations courts. But if the parents are not married, custody issues must be litigated in Juvenile court. While the Courts have a duty to protect the best interests of a child, the parents have certain rights that also need to be protected. Issues such as paternity, custody, parenting time (visitation), child support, relocation, etc. can be complex and require the services of an experienced family law attorney to navigate the process and protect your rights.

Parties may also agree on sole custody or shared parenting, even if the case is in Juvenile court. But many times parents cannot agree and the decision must be made by the Domestic Relations Court or Juvenile Court. Each child custody case is different and can be very tricky if not approached professionally. Ohio courts set standard visitation/parenting guidelines as a starting point, but many times there are factors that have to be considered and the Courts must decide custody and visitation based on the individual case. Therefore, it is in your best interests to seek the advice of a family law professional. Susan Gwinn Law Firm will be by your side to ensure your case is handled in a just manner.