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Ohio family law: sole custody

Right now, joint child custody is all the rage. It is believed to be best for children and their parents, as it allows for the continued growth of parental-child relationships even after marriages fail. While there is a shift in family law circles to push for shared custody, sometimes, sole custody is still the best option for some Ohio families. 

Why seek sole custody? There are a number of reasons to do this. If one's spouse has a history of domestic violence or drug/alcohol abuse, it is reasonable to want to keep one's children out of harm's way. If one's spouse has a job that requires a lot of travel or frequent relocations, it is okay to want to offer children stability in one home. These are just a few examples, and the list of acceptable reasons to seek sole custody can go on. 

Seeking sole custody is not as easy as it used to be. Before, custody was typically awarded to Mom, and Dad was given visitation rights. Now, to achieve sole custody, one has to provide evidence that it will serve the best interests of the child. This often requires going to court and presenting a case in front of a judge. 

Is seeking sole custody the right thing to do? The answer to that question will be different for everyone. Parents in Ohio who believe that this type of custody arrangement will best serve their children's needs can take the steps to seek it. A family law attorney can help file the appropriate petition and present one's case for sole custody in court.

Source:, "How to Get Sole Custody of Your Kids", Debrina Washington, Accessed on April 30. 2018

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