Cleveland Family Lawyer   |   Divorce   |   Custody Support   |   Estate Planning   |   Wills   |   Trusts   |   Probate   |   Premier Legal Services

Child Custody


Ohio Shared Parenting ∙ Child Custody Attorney

Often, child custody issues can be the most difficult and sensitive matters in divorces or other separations.  I will work with you to protect your rights and make the divorce as painless as possible.  I can do this in court as an aggressive Cleveland child custody lawyer.  But these issues can also be resolved through mediation and other more pleasurable ways.  For legal advice and counsel on child custody in Cleveland, call me for my attention.

Allocation of Parenting Rights and Responsibilities -- Child Custody

In this process, rights and responsibilities for the care, custody and nurturing of the children are determined.  These child custody responsibilities and children's rights can be awarded to one parent (sole custody) or to both parents (joint custody). If both parents are awarded the responsibilities, a shared parenting plan must be drafted and submitted for court approval.

Allocation of parenting rights concerns the best interests of the children.  These cases often times need psychological experts who have examined all of the members of the family. Allocation cases might also involve employment experts to determine a parent's earnings or earning potential.

By beginning an action involving the "allocation" of parental rights, the parents may be inviting other people such as grandparents (or even non-relatives) to assert their desires to be with the children.  These third parties can even get court orders for time with the children depending on the situation.

Many times, in child custody cases, there will be the need to have teachers, physicians, pastors, neighbors, family members and others testify so that the Court can have an accurate and full "picture" of the children and their parents.

The Court may also appoint on its own or at the request of a party a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to protect the best interests of the child. Usually a Guardian Ad Litem is an attorney.  Sometimes both parties pay for services of the Guardian Ad Litem.  Other times, the court may order that only one party shall pay all of the guardian's fees.

Shared Parenting Plan -- Joint Custody Agreement

A shared parenting plan is a written document (ideally prepared by both parents together, but can be prepared by one parent) that reflects what the parents believe to be in the best interest of the children with regards to all aspects of their care for the children. Shared parenting plans must address:

  • Legal custody - Decisions about school placement, religion, after school activities, healthcare and other important issues;
  • Physical custody - Decisions about the amount of time each parent will have with the child;
  • Child support - Financial responsibility for meeting the needs of the children, including health insurance, uninsured healthcare costs, tax exemptions, and other such money issues.

If a plan can successfully be drafted and approved by the court, then the time, expense and emotional trauma of a child custody trial can be avoided.

Parenting Time - Visitation

Parenting time is the time the child spends with the parent that he or she doesn't live with most of the time. There is no decision making authority (legal custody) granted with parenting time.

Parenting time is awarded by the court only if the allocation of parenting rights and responsibilities was awarded to a sole parent (sole custody).

Third Party Visitation (for non-parents)

This refers to time the child is permitted by the court to spend with an adult who is not his or her parent. This would include grandparents, relatives or another person who wishes to maintain a connection with the child.  The court must agree that the relationship should be continued.

Step-parent Adoption

If you have remarried and your new spouse wants to adopt your child from a previous marriage, this is possible.  Step-parents often wish to formally adopt their step-children, agreeing to provide for their financial, educational and emotional needs.

In Ohio, a biological parent and a new spouse need to have been married at least one year before they can pursue step-parent adoption. At the Law Offices of Simon W. Johnson, I can assist with all aspects of this process, ranging from completing initial paperwork to handling any courtroom proceedings.

Contact A Skilled Cleveland Child Custody Attorney

Simon W. Johnson is knowledgeable about Ohio child custody laws and can help you understand how they apply to your case. To discuss your legal options with a compassionate and experienced child custody lawyer in Ohio, contact Simon W. Johnson.

The Cleveland Accident Injury Lawyer on BlogSpot Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
November 26, 2013
If your child has died due to the negligence of another person, please consult with a Cleveland Ohio wrongful death attorney or a Cleveland Ohio birth injury attorney.
November 26, 2013
When a dangerous product causes you injury, it is time to call a Cleveland Ohio products liability attorney.
November 26, 2013
If you have been sexually assaulted by a police officer, please call a Beachwood Ohio police misconduct attorney or a Cleveland Ohio sexual assault lawyer.
November 26, 2013
If you have been injured by asbestos exposure, please consult a Cleveland Ohio asbestos litigation attorney or a Cleveland Ohio mesothelioma lawyer.
November 25, 2013
If your loved one has died due to a dangerous product, please call a Cleveland Ohio wrongful death attorney or a Cleveland Ohio products liability lawyer.
LaPlace Center
2101 Richmond Road, Upper Floor
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
Phone: (440) 477-6075
Fax: (216) 292-4615
Fax: (440) 684-9007
Home   |   Mission Statement   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   The Cleveland Accident Injury Lawyer   |   News   |   Family Law   |   Divorce   |   Dissolution   |   Legal Separation   |   Child Custody   |   Child Support   |   Shared Parenting   |   Spousal Support (Alimony)   |   Property Division   |   Post Decree   |   Prenuptial Agreements   |   Third Party Visitation   |   Estate Planning   |   Personal Injury   |   Other Practice Areas   |   Attorneys   |   Resources   |   FAQ   |   Contact
All Rights Reserved 2014, Law Offices of Simon W. Johnson - Admin Login   |   Cleveland web design by Ohio Connect

The Law Offices of Simon W. Johnson provides legal services to Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Summit County, Stark County, Portage County, Medina County and Ashtabula County including Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, North Olmstead, Parma, Rocky River, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, Strongsville, Warrensville, Westlake, Chardon, Akron, Barberton, Stow, Elyria, Lorain, Canton, Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, Kent, Ravenna, Medina, and Ashtabula.