Nothing can be more important to a father than his children. However, there are some individuals in our society that believe in the stereotypes as to what roles each parent has. This stereotype is that a mother should automatically be the primary caretaker of the children. Thankfully, Ohio believes that each parent is just as important as the other when it comes to caring for the children. As such, our state recognizes that the rights of the father are equal to the rights of the mother. There are times when one must go to Court in order to enforce those rights. Our Dayton fathers’ rights attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and are ready to use that experience to your benefit. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
Dayton child custody attorneys helping fathers ensure that Ohio law is followed
Under Ohio law, the rights of a father and a mother are considered equal. As such, the Court will not give preference based solely on gender. The Judge will begin each case with the presumption that the parents should equally share child custody. When a parent wishes to have primary custody, they must convince the Court that the arrangement would be in the child’s best interests. When a Judge decides what is in the child’s best interests, the Court will consider factors which include, but are not limited to:
- The wishes of the child (depending on the child’s age and maturity)
- The ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs
- The relationship between each child and each parent
- The need to keep sibling children together
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- If there is a history of domestic violence between the parties
A custody case will begin with one parent filing a Complaint with the Court. If a custody and visitation order is not already in place, the Judge will typically order a temporary custody and visitation plan which will give the parents a set structure to follow while the case is pending. Discovery will be used by each side to gather information and evidence to support their case. If a settlement cannot be reached, the Court will issue a final Order shortly after trial. Because custody contains matters that involve complicated issues of fact and law, it is crucial for you to retain a lawyer who is experienced in these matters.
Our child custody attorneys are here to assist southwest Ohio fathers with the protection of their rights. We will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation as well as to help you understand what you should expect as the case moves forward. We will quickly file your Complaint and any necessary Motions with the Court. Additionally, if your matter involves an emergency or some other extreme situation, we will request that the Judge grant an expedited hearing. Once a temporary custody and visitation plan has been issued, we will begin to build a case on your behalf. We will use the discovery process to gather information regarding the mother’s fitness to parent. Such information can include medical records, financial information, correspondence, and arrest reports. We will ensure that you are prepared for trial. Our law firm will protect your interests from beginning to end. We understand how important children are to their father. Contact us today.
Dayton lawyers providing decades worth of experience to fathers who face a child custody dispute
When a father cannot visit his children, it can be a harrowing experience. As such, he needs to know that he has experienced attorneys on his side. Our lawyers have over forty years of combined legal experience. With these decades of experience, a dad can rest assured that his case will be handled promptly, efficiently, and to the best of our ability. We place emphasis on making sure that you understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. We will make sure that you receive copies of everything we file. We also make sure to promptly respond to all messages and inquiries you might have. Contact us today to set up your initial consultation.
In addition to Dayton, our lawyers also assist those in the southwest Ohio areas of Beavercreek, Centerville, Clayton, Eaton, Englewood, Fairborn, Franklin, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Kettering, Oakwood, Lebanon, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Piqua, Riverside, Springboro, Springfield, Tipp City, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, Waynesville, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Yellow Springs, and Xenia.