One of the most common initial questions that we hear from our clients who are contemplating a divorce is their concern over their children and how often they will be able to see them. As caring parents, they want to make sure that they will still be able to take part in their child’s life and contribute to their childhood memories. At John J. Ready & Associates, we specialize in family law and part of that is creating a parenting agreement that allows parents to enjoy time spent with their kids.
Over the last few years, there have been some radical changes to the terminology used in determining custody in the State of Ohio. This part of the proceedings, now called the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, is now frequently resolved by the court ordering “shared parenting.” Shared parenting means that each party gets to contribute to the care of their children and divorced couples share parental rights and responsibilities for their minor children. This is determined by hearing the facts of the case and who has the ability to take care of the children and when.
While shared parenting is the norm in many cases that does not mean that the court cannot offer another solution where it is appropriate. In fact, even in cases of traditional shared parenting it does not mean that the parents have equal time with their child or children. One parent may have more responsibility than another depending on the work schedules and demands of each individual’s career and their ability to parent. In cases where shared parenting is not appropriate, the courts will still award custody of the minor children to one party.
Are you concerned about how your parenting agreement will work out in your family law case? If you are, then call John J. Ready & Associates today. We will work with you to understand the nuances of your case and explain the law and how it may apply to you and your family. Call us today!