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The best interests of the child standard in Ohio

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Child Custody

One vital family law issue that the family courts address in Ohio is child custody. The court will rule upon matters relating to the physical custody of the child (where the child lives) and legal custody (key decision regarding the child’s well-being).

For the most part, the courts prefer both parents to play an active role in the upbringing of the child. However, all matters regarding child custody are decided based on the best interests of the child.

What does a judge need to consider?

This standard is codified in Ohio law. The law contains a list of factors that the court should consider when deciding on custody matters. Some of the key factors include:

  • The emotional attachment between each parent and child
  • Which parent has generally presided over the daily care of the child
  • Which parent is more likely to honor the court’s custody order
  • The mental and physical health of each parent
  • The financial stability of each parent

The court will also give special consideration to whether or not there are any potential health or safety issues for the child. For example, if one parent has a history of substance abuse or issues with violence, then custody matters will be decided accordingly. In some cases, supervised visitation might be necessary.

As a parent involved in a custody case, it’s essential to know what kind of a case you may need to make to a court to get the custody arrangement you believe is best for your child. Seeking further guidance will help you protect your rights and make your case.