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How is child custody determined in Ohio?
There are factors under Ohio law that the courts use to decide what may be in the best interest of children in terms of physical living arrangement, as well as custody status.
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The Ohio Visitation Law makes it possible for a parent without custody to visit his or her children. Ohio courts thoroughly review the criminal backgrounds of each of the parents, and if it is found that either parents has either entered a guilty plea or been convicted of a crime, such as abuse or neglect, these factors will weight heavily on an Ohio court’s visitation decision. check to learn more.
Under Ohio law, the court will make child custody decisions, with are referred to as the "allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the minor children of the marriage," based on the best interests of the child. In Ohio, joint custody is known as "shared parenting." check to learn more.