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Children shouldn't be away from a parent for too long

Parents may believe that having custody of their children for an entire week at a time is an ideal way to allocate parenting time. However, kids in Ohio and elsewhere may not benefit from this arrangement. Instead, it may be better for one parent to have custody for two days before allowing the other parent to have custody for two days. Alternatively, one parent could have custody on weekdays while the other has custody on weekends.

The process of appealing a custody ruling

State law in Ohio and throughout the nation seeks to protect the best interests of a child above the interests of a parent. However, it is possible for a parent to appeal a child custody ruling if there is reason to believe that it was flawed in some way. Generally speaking, only final and complete orders are subject to appeal. This means that there has been a hearing on the matter and that all pending issues have been resolved.

Abusers are often favored in child custody cases

Most mothers in Ohio who are going through a divorce assume that if their children are being abused by their husbands, they will be given custody. However, new research has shown that it is not always, or even often, the case. A new study that examined more than 2000 child custody cases showed that fathers are given equal or greater parenting time, even when abuse is alleged or proven.

Want to raise happier kids? Work together after divorce

Like most parents, Ohio parents who split up want to still raise emotionally healthy, stable, happy kids. Working together in all aspects of the children's lives and respecting, encouraging and supporting the relationship each child has with their other parent is the road to success in this journey.

How to co-parent after a divorce

Once the divorce is final for parents in Ohio, they still face a big hurdle, and that is co-parenting effectively. Although there is a custody schedule in place, parents should try to be flexible if one has a fun activity planned during the other parent's time. The focus should be on making sure that the child is happy.

Use calendars for expense, schedule details in divorce cases

Because divorce is so stressful, it's easy for the parties involved to forget important things. When gathering such necessary documents as tax forms, bank statements and other items, soon-to-be exes in Ohio should also consider looking at old calendars. These may contain a wealth of information that could be important in the divorce and also be evidence if spouses disagree about an event or expense.

Child visitation cannot be refused for these reasons

After going through a bitter divorce, some Ohio parents may search for leverage that can be used against an ex-spouse to get back at them for the pain they are experiencing. Some feel the only leverage they have left is the children. Custodial parents need to be aware of illegitimate reasons to refuse visitation rights that could lead to them possibly losing custody of their children and even facing fines or jail time.

Tips for helping children thrive after a divorce

Many parents in Ohio face the prospect of raising their children after a divorce. One factor that will come into play as it relates to creating an effective parenting plan is the age of the kids. Younger children often need more structure while older children want more freedom to spend time with friends and participate in school activities. Furthermore, young kids will generally need more support and reassurance after their parents finalize a divorce.

Co-parenting strategies to limit conflict with a difficult ex

Divorced people in Ohio typically cooperate as co-parents to their children, but vindictive or controlling ex-partners can make the journey more difficult than it already is. A person feeling undermined by a quarrelsome or unreliable co-parent could reduce conflict with mindfulness and communication strategies.

Handling scheduling conflicts with a child custody hearing

In Ohio and throughout the United States, child custody is one of the most complicated and difficult issues people face as they are going through a divorce. The various aspects of the process can seem overwhelming with even the most basic factors becoming problematic. That includes the court date to determine what the custody arrangement will be.

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