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Ohio family law: Who sets child custody terms?

Every year, numerous couples in Ohio choose to end their marriages. When they have children, figuring out child custody arrangements can be difficult. At the end of the day, it is all about determining what is best for their kids. Sometimes, parents can figure that out on their own, and sometimes, the issue has to be settled in court. Either way, each parent can turn to a family law attorney for assistance fighting for a custody agreement that they feel serves their children's best interests.

The state honestly prefers that parents try to work out child custody matters on their own. When each parent gets a say, they are more likely to come to terms with which both are comfortable. There are a few ways in which parents can reach child custody terms without going to court: private negotiations with or without legal counsel, informal negotiations with legal counsel or by utilizing an alternative dispute resolution method -- such as mediation. No matter how one goes about it, having one's attorney review the terms before signing anything is usually a good idea.

If a couple is honestly unable to come to agreeable terms, child custody issues can be settled through litigation. While not preferred, sometimes it is necessary, and that is okay. If one's case requires the courts to intervene, legal counsel can help one prepare to fight for the custody arrangements he or she feels will be best for the kids.

When it comes to divorce, child custody issues tend to cause the most problems. Parents in Ohio and elsewhere often fail to agree on what is best for their children. It may take time, it may take litigation, but at the end of the day, the issues can be resolved with the assistance of a family law attorney.

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