A child custody determination may be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Imagining the loss of time with your child can be a stressful and challenging situation, but the right legal representation can make a tremendous positive impact on your child custody determination. At Woodford Sathappan McGee, we understand the emotions that come with child custody determination and want to provide the legal counsel you need to approach this situation with clarity and confidence.
We provide legal counsel to women exclusively, and our determined focus enables us to deliver a unique set of skills and resources to every client we represent. If you are divorcing your spouse and you have children together, or if you are an unmarried parent who needs to firmly establish custody rights over your child, we can help. Woodford Sathappan McGee is proud to serve as your Columbus child custody lawyer.
Child custody determinations are never easy. Mothers facing this situation may feel alienated and unsure regarding how to make the best case for custody. Woodford Sathappan McGee has years of experience providing women throughout Franklin, Delaware, and the surrounding Counties with a full range of legal services. Together, we can approach child custody cases in a comprehensive manner that arms you with solid information and brings you peace of mind.
When you choose the Columbus child custody attorneys at Woodford Sathappan McGee to represent your case, we will take time to get to know you and your family in order to provide fully individualized representation. We will learn how you interact with your children, determine their needs, and establish the type of custody arrangement which would best suit each of your needs and best interests. We also provide ongoing support beyond the conclusion of your case. Should you need to adjust your child custody order due to unexpected life events or initiate contempt proceedings against your ex-spouse for violation of the order, we can help with these matters as well.
Many divorcing couples in Columbus, OH and throughout the US choose divorce mediation instead of standard litigation. So long as you have the right Columbus child custody lawyer, mediation can help to streamline the divorce and custody process, save money on legal fees, and allow couples to arrive at more personalized divorce and custody settlements. The divorcing parents can negotiate a parenting plan and present it as a proposal to the family court, but an Ohio family court judge must approve the agreement before it is legally enforceable.
Woodford Sathappan McGee can help you take full advantage of the benefits of mediation with a firm focus on child custody. We know that this aspect of the process is most important to you, and we can guide you through divorce mediation sessions or represent you in court if that step becomes necessary. In most cases, a divorcing couple will negotiate as much of their divorce as possible before moving to litigation to ask the court to rule on any lingering issues. This could include child custody, so you can rely on your team to help you negotiate a comprehensive parenting plan a family court judge is likely to approve.
Whether you submit an agreed parenting plan proposal to the court or litigate your child custody determination in court, the judge overseeing the matter must rule in favor of your child’s best interests. This means the judge must evaluate numerous factors to determine which type of custody arrangement would suit the child best. In some cases, particularly those involving older children, a judge may consider the child’s preferences concerning which parent they would prefer to hold primary custody. An Ohio family court judge can rule in favor of granting sole custody to one parent or may establish a shared parenting plan which involves both parents in accordance with the child’s best interest.
Some of the factors the judge overseeing your custody determination will consider include:
The judge will then determine how to best divide custody and parenting time between the parents. “Custody” generally refers to the right to make major decisions on a child’s behalf. “Parenting Time” refers to where the children live and spend their time. It is common for divorcing parents to establish shared parenting plans that provide equal custody to both parents, with an equitable distribution of parenting time to account for the children’s best interests.
It is important to remember that your child custody determination will influence your child support order. Ohio family law upholds that both parents must contribute to raising their children. If one parent assumes greater custody rights than the other, and the children spend the majority of their time with one parent, the other parent will likely pay child support to the custodial parent.
Life is unpredictable, and you may be faced with an unexpected situation that renders your current child custody order untenable. If you need to make a change of any kind to your child custody order, our Columbus child custody lawyers can help. The modification process in the Ohio family court system allows you to make changes to your child custody order with a motion. Once you recognize that a change is necessary, we can help you draft your motion for modification and submit it to the court. If a judge determines the change is in the children’s best interest, they will alter your child custody order accordingly.
It is also possible for modification proceedings to occur when one parent wishes to relocate with their children. Additionally, modifications may be necessary if a parent has repeatedly failed to uphold their responsibilities under a child custody order. If you encounter any situation like this, Woodford Sathappan McGee can assist you in addressing it through the appropriate legal channels.
Child custody determination may be one of the most difficult situations you ever face. Fortunately, you can face your child custody proceedings with greater confidence by choosing Woodford Sathappan McGee to represent you. For more information about Ohio child custody laws or to learn how your team can fight for you, contact us today and schedule your consultation with a Columbus child custody lawyer you can trust.