Ohio Child Custody Attorney
Resolving child custody issues can be difficult. As such, you
can depend on attorney, Dirken D. Winkler’s experience to
advocate and protect your interests in addressing your particular
child custody dispute. Child custody issues are very fact dependent.
Generally, the Court prefers a shared parenting arrangement where
both parents are actively involved in the care and upbringing of
the child. Should a shared parenting plan be unworkable due to
the parents’ inability to resolve disagreements, then sole
legal custody with one parent may be the only recourse. In most
instances, it is beneficial for parents to work together to achieve
a mutually agreeable child custody and parenting time arrangement
tailored to the child’s needs and the parents’ schedules.
Child custody matters entail three parts: 1. “legal custody”,
which pertains to the parents’ legal rights and obligations to make
major decisions on behalf of the child; 2. “parenting time”,
which focuses on the amount of time each parent has with the child; and 3. “child
support” which focuses on the financial support to care for the child.
Court continues to have jurisdiction to modify or adjust legal custody
and parenting time until the child reaches age eighteen and graduates
school or the child reaches age nineteen, regardless of graduating high
Legal Custody of a Child
There are two types
of custody arrangements – “sole
legal custody”, where legal custody and parental decision making
is vested with one parent, and “shared parenting”, where
legal custody of and parental decision making are vested jointly
with both parents. Shared parenting does not automatically denote
equal parenting time with the child. All child custody issues are
dependent upon the best interest
of the child.
The Court must find that a parenting
time arrangement is in the child's best interests. The amount
of parenting time one has with a child is very fact dependent and considers,
among other things, the relationship the parent has with the child, how
close the parents live to one another, the educational needs of the child,
the child’s extracurricular activities, and the child’s wishes
(if old enough).
Below are links to Central Ohio Domestic Court’s Standard
Once legal custody and parenting time have been established, financially
supporting the child must be addressed. In Ohio every parent
is required to provide financially for the support of the child.
To that end, every
parenting order in Ohio must address the parties’ respective
financial responsibilities to care for the child. Financial support
of a child considers a number of factors, including, the parties’ income,
the child’s needs, and the parties’ parenting time with
As your Columbus, Ohio Child Custody Attorney, I work
hard to protect a parent’s rights and to ensure that the Court
has all of the relevant information to establish and preserve your
with your child. The Court retains jurisdiction to modify an
original child custody order.
Ohio Child Custody Lawyer
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Ohio, Probate and Estate Planning & Family Law Lawyer
Dirken D. Winkler
- serving clients in Central Ohio, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin,
Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties and the cities of Bexley,
Canal Winchester, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Grove
City, Groveport, Hilliard, New Albany, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Upper
Arlington, Westerville, Whitehall, and Worthington. Give me a call at
(614) 461-5708. I look forward to representing you.
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