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Who will obtain custody?

When relationships end, the custody of the minor children of the relationship must be determined.  The court will utilize factors enumerated in the Ohio Revised Code to determine what custodial arrangement is in the best interests of the minor child or children.  This is the most litigated issue in family law.

The importance of obtaining the representation of a firm that focuses on child custody is essential to successfully presenting your case.  Often negotiations can resolve this most delicate issue, but the stubbornness of the other parent often prohibits a fair settlement and requires a contested final hearing.

In contested child custody cases, a guardian ad litem, is often appointed to represent the best interests of the minor children.  The guardian ad litem is typically an attorney, that preforms an independent investigation to determine the best interests of the minor child or children of the relationship.  This will generally include visiting both parents and observing each respective parent's bond, parenting skills, and home environment.  It is essential to have quality representation to navigate the interactions with the guardian ad litem appointed in your case.  Ultimately, the guardian ad litem will submit to the court a recommendation of custody.

Shared Parenting is frequently an option in child custody cases.  Shared Parenting can take many forms, it is important to discuss all terms and the impact that each term will have upon your life.


Henderson & Henderson is a boutique law firm located in Southeastern Ohio with two office locations in Logan, Ohio and Lancaster, Ohio. We serve clients throughout Fairfield, Hocking, Athens, Perry, Vinton and Meigs Counties.



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