Helping You Determine Parenting Time That Works

In Ohio, child custody and visitation issues are legally known as "parenting time" issues. Here in Columbus, Ohio, and throughout the central Ohio region, parenting time is always a critical issue for couples who are going through a divorce. Here at the Kelly Law Office, our experience has shown that the needs and interests of the children should carry the highest of priority, and we work to help our clients find common ground around parenting time issues.

How Courts Look At Parenting Time

In Franklin County (Columbus, Ohio), we have a local rule known as "rule 27" that establishes the minimum visitation for the noncustodial parent of every other weekend, as well as Wednesday evenings.

The magistrates in Franklin County Domestic Court are extremely interested in the best interest of our children, and prefer to see time split between each parent as evenly as possible (with the exception of cases where abuse, addiction or neglect may be present). This is due to the unique skills and character qualities that each spouse brings to the child's life, while balancing the children's need to spend quality time with each parent. Shared parenting also provides that each parent plays a role in all decisions related to the child/children, including but not limited to:

  • Education
  • Religious beliefs, worship and training
  • Holidays and vacations
  • Extracurricular activities and sporting events
  • Health care

In Ohio, couples can work together to establish a schedule for shared parenting that reflects the natural ebb and flow of their children's lives while providing a stable and equitable environment for both parents to remain involved and active.

We work with our clients to find common ground and offer creative ideas to help establish a shared parenting plan that will work now and into the future. In cases where abuse and neglect are present, we will defend the rights of our clients and their children to protect against any harm, and to ensure the best possible outcome for those children.

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Are you ready to discuss your case with an experienced Columbus family law attorney? Call us at 614-556-4280 or send us an email to schedule your appointment. We offer reasonable fees for our services, including handling many family law matters on a flat fee basis.