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In Ohio, How Do I Get More Custody Time With My Kids?

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It’s not a big surprise to hear that you want to spend more time with your children. When people divorce, or a relationship falls apart, that’s a big sticking point. There’s good news. Ohio’s statutes offer a concrete set of guidelines that judges follow when determining custody and parenting time.  

For The Best Interests Of Your Child, You May Need To Gamble On Change

In making their decision regarding child custody and modifications, a judge will consider what’s best for your kids. Your ability to facilitate a safe and healthy household matters. How you spend your time with your children matters and so does your ability to give them a community in which they can thrive. In other words, factors that may influence the judge’s decision will likely relate to the following categories:

  • Health: What is the psychological state of everyone involved in the situation? Physical state? Any potential influence on your ability to maintain a stable environment for your children will likely go into consideration.
  • Relationships: Judges will also consider your ability to keep an ongoing, supportive relationship with your children, as well as your willingness to encourage a positive relationship between your children and the other parent. They will also look at relationships with siblings and other individuals in your family or household.
  • Living adjustments: How will your children adjust to the home? What about their school and community?
  • Criminal history: A history of child abuse or neglect will weigh heavily on the judge’s decision making – whether you have previously been convicted of a related crime or anyone in your household has been convicted of a related crime.

Basically, if you’re hoping to spend more time with your children, you may need to prepare yourself to make serious adjustments to your everyday life. Is your place close to your work but nowhere near your children’s school and activities? It’s probably time to move. Do you spend more time on your social life than you do on your kids? That time has passed, my friend.  

Your History And Interactions Will Also Make A Difference

Your history as a parent will also have its influence on your chances of obtaining more time with your children. Any domestic violence history will compromise your time with your children; seek counseling. Other issues also factor into the judge’s decisions, such as your willingness and ability to co-parent, despite your differences. Will you support and encourage a positive relationship with the other parent? Are you likely to honor court orders?

Play Your Hand Or Fold

For committed parents with a serious desire to pursue quality time with their kids, the best strategy, the best way to secure more parenting time, is to put your kids first. They only have one childhood. Make it count.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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