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Ohio family law: Lessons from the Jolie-Pitt custody case

Trying to figure out child custody arrangements when in the midst of dissolving one's marriage can be a challenge. Two parents can have widely different ideas on what they think is best for their children. When all is said and done, family law courts in Ohio and elsewhere understand that the child custody issue is not a one and done kind of thing. Modifications to initial custody plans may be necessary and have the ability to benefit everyone involved.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been fighting out their divorce case for nearly two years. When it all started back in Sept. 2016, Ms. Jolie was granted sole physical custody of the couple's six children. Pitt was granted visitation time -- time he feels is insufficient to maintain good relationships with his children.

Mr. Pitt recently asked a judge to reconsider the initial custody agreement, and the court found in his favor. His request for modification was granted and he, at least for the summer, will have more time with at least five of his children. If Ms. Jolie interferes with this time, she may lose primary custody holder status.

What can be learned from the Jolie-Pitt custody case? First, the courts understand the value of parents having time with their children. Second, the courts do take parental alienation seriously. Third, modifications to custody orders can happen, under the right circumstances.

Family law issues, such as child custody concerns, can take time to resolve. At the end of the day, parents in Ohio who feel they are not being treated fairly in terms of getting time with their children do have the right to request better custody arrangements. Legal counsel may be able to assist with this.

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