Family law in Ohio is largely focused on protecting the best interests of the child(ren), particularly the matters of child custody and child support. In any case, whether the parties are married or not, the Court may be asked to establish parental rights and responsibilities. The Court will designate one parent as residential parent and legal custodian of the minor child(ren).
All parents worry about the impact the divorce or breakup is going to have on their kids. It is critical that the parents focus on protecting the child(ren) and making decisions that are genuinely in the best interests of the child(ren).
The choices and decisions that the parents make today are going to have an enormous impact on rest of their children’s lives. Parents need to try to make the best of this difficult situation for the sake of the child(ren).
In general, only a child’s biological parents can file for custody or seek custodial rights with regard to their minor child(ren). In very limited circumstances, third parties are granted the right to seek partial or primary custody of the minor child(ren).