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Child custody discussions and disputes require a separation of your emotions from the best interests of your child. At the law office of Amy M. Levine & Associates, we help our clients set their frustrations aside and keep their children’s welfare and peace of mind at the forefront of any decision they make.

For more information on shared parenting plans, schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at Amy M. Levine & Associates online or call us at 614-360-2942 in Columbus or 304-519-4354 in Huntington.

Helping Parents Reach Joint Custody Agreements

As part of a divorce, shared parenting plans are similar to what is considered joint custody, joint legal custody or joint physical custody in other states. Upon approval, both parents enjoy legal status of being the residential parent. However, cases exist where one parent is the residential parent. While the other parent has parenting time, they do not share equal authority in major decisions affecting the children.

In parenting plans that focus on the best interests of children, certain factors are considered by the courts:

  • Ability of both parents to cooperate and make joint decisions for the children
  • Ability of each parent to encourage a loving relationship between the child and other parent
  • History of or potential for violence or abuse
  • Geographical proximity of parents to each other and how it affects shared parenting
  • Recommendation of the guardian ad litem of the child, if necessary

One factor that is not considered is preference toward a parent because of financial status. Also, child support remains a factor, but agreements between parents and approved by a judge can be lower than what state statutes allow.

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Family Law

Amy M. Levine
View Profile

Our Latest Blog Posts

Comparing personal bankruptcy options

When you think of bankruptcy, what comes to mind? Is it financial salvation? Probably not. More than likely, thoughts of overwhelming debt and wondering how you will recover from this financial pitfall without descending into financial ruin are filling your mind....

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Have or someone you know been pulled over by the police for suspicion of drinking and driving? Then the officer asked you to take a breath test to measure your blood alcohol concentration, and you blow way higher than you expected? You can honestly claim that you...

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Fresh out of graduate school, you found work in your field. But this is, after all, the gig economy. Your job is as a contractor, and you do not benefit from all the perks that full-time employees get. For example, no health benefits. But this may be the least of your...

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