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Ohio family law: Fighting a sole custody request

No one said going through a divorce was easy. The whole situation can go downhill rather quickly if spouses cannot agree on things or if emotions get out of control. When it comes to Ohio couples who have children, sometimes there are reasons for only one parent to be granted custody and other times one parent may request sole custody out of spite. One who believes that he or she should be awarded some level of custody can seek assistance from a family law attorney in order to fight his or her spouse's request for sole custody.

What it sole custody? This is just one of the few child custody options available to Ohio parents. Sole custody means that both physical and legal custody will be awarded to only one parent. Ohio, like many other states, try to grant joint custody in the majority of cases as it is considered the best type of arrangement for the affected children. However, there are reasons as to why this custody option is still available.

Sole custody is generally only awarded in cases involving accusations of abuse or addiction, and for good reason. If one's spouse makes such claims in order to seek sole custody, he or she needs to have evidence to back his or her claims. If such allegations are made, one does have the right to present evidence to the contrary.

Whether one resides in Ohio or elsewhere, fighting a sole custody request can be difficult. At the end of the day, it will all come down to what is best for the affected child. If, with the assistance of a family law attorney, one can prove that this type of arrangement does more harm than good, one has a chance at achieving a different type of custody plan.

Source: FindLaw, "Sole Custody", Accessed on July 11, 2017

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