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Protecting parental rights of fathers after a divorce

These days, most courts in Ohio and throughout the rest of the nation recognize the importance of a father in a child's life. However, it's still fairly common for children to end up living with the mother if there's a serious custody dispute that can't be resolved amicably. That's why some steps dads looking to remain involved with their children may want to take steps to protect their rights after a divorce.

The case for 50-50 joint physical custody

Divorcing parents in Ohio are likely concerned about how the split will impact their children. In some cases, a parent will fight to obtain sole custody of the kids. Many still believe that children, especially infants and toddlers, do better when they are raised solely by their mothers.

Living arrangements may be sticking point in child custody cases

When it comes to divorce in Ohio, nothing is more important for parents than the safety and security of their children. Unfortunately, there can be some major disagreements regarding how to go about securing a child's well-being after a divorce. In many cases, parents will share custody, but in others, living conditions at the home of one parent may become a point of contention when it comes to deciding amicable custody arrangements.

How parallel parenting can reduce conflict after divorce

Some divorcing couples in Ohio might not be able to create a strong co-parenting relationship. For the most part, co-parenting requires exes to set aside their differences, focus on their children and communicate effectively. In some divorces, there is simply too much conflict for this to happen. However, there is an alternative, known as parallel parenting, that allows exes to share custody or have a custody and visitation arrangement.

Transitioning during divorce through 'birdnesting'

Child custody is one of the biggest concerns that Ohio parents face following divorce. However, one new trend may make the transition easier on children. 'Birdnesting" is a term used to describe a living situation in which both parents share a residence but live separately. The children stay in the shared home while the two parents alternate living there as well.

How a parent should handle concerns about visitation

Some Ohio custodial parents might wonder what they should do if they have concerns about their children's visitation with the other parent. Reasons for concern could be that the children say they do not want to go, that they complain they spend more time with the parent's new partner or that there is a history of substance abuse or domestic violence.

Tips for regaining custody of a minor child

Losing custody of a child is one of the worst feelings a parent in Ohio or anywhere else may experience. However, just because the courts have decided the child is currently better off with the other parent or in foster care does not mean that this will always be the case. Ideally, parents will be honest about why they lost custody and what they have to do to get it back.

Child custody when a child is born out of wedlock

It is becoming increasingly common in Ohio and in other states for children to be born to unwed parents. Across the United States, approximately 40 percent of children are born to unwed parents compared to 17 percent in 2007. In many cases, the father's name is not on the birth certificate. This can create questions for parents regarding custody issues.

Co-parenting lessons that may make post-divorce life easier

Getting a divorce in Ohio doesn't always mean an end to certain joint responsibilities, especially if children are involved. Unless there are issues with domestic violence or substance abuse, the inclination of the courts is to keep both parents involved in a child's life. For this reason, the most common piece of advice given to ex-spouses is to keep the focus on the best interests of the child. This typically means urging parents not to badmouth or belittle their ex or make children feel as if they have to take sides.

Going to court for child custody

Ohio parents who must attend child custody hearings may be confused or even intimidated by the process. That's why it's important to be well-prepared and ready to present a case to support the parent-child relationship. By understanding a few things about court hearings for custody, a parent can help to present themselves well to the judge in the case.

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