The care and custody of children following a divorce in Ohio is often an important issue for parents and courts alike. It can be difficult to work out how kids will receive the love, support, and financial resources they require. Courts seek to protect the best interests of children when custody matters are intertwined with the ends of marriages.

Courts will often look at the health and mental strength of both the children and the parents when deciding how custody should be arranged. Depending upon the children’s ages and maturity, the court may ask them what they would like to have done regarding their living arrangements. Parents’ preferences may also be considered during child custody hearings.

It is important that kids maintain relationships with both of their parents and, therefore, courts will consider whether the parents are willing to support each other even after their marriage has ended. A court will consider whether moving a child into a different community to be with a parent will be difficult for them, and the court may look at how best to serve the collective and individual needs of children when siblings are affected by divorce.

As every child in Ohio is different, every custody decision will also be different. This post discusses some of the factors that courts and families may evaluate when they are forced to make difficult decisions related to the custody of children. Independent legal advice should be sought by readers who have questions about their own divorce and child custody needs.