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Columbus, OH 614-360-2942
Huntington, WV 304-519-4354
New Albany, OH

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Looking out for yourself in ‘gray’ divorce situations

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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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We can provide you with the dedicated and diligent legal representation you and your children need. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our Columbus office at 614-360-2942 or our Huntington office at 304-519-4354. You can also reach us through our online contact form.

Family Law

Amy M. Levine
View Profile

Our Latest Blog Posts

7 steps to take after a car accident

In an instant, a car accident can change your life. You just could be on your way to work and a large SUV rams into the rear of your car. You could suffer serious injuries – broken bones, a traumatic brain injury and a back injury. Or a distracted driver could fail to...

What happens to a home in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

It may be possible to keep your Ohio home after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, that will depend on how much equity that you have in the property. Furthermore, you'll need to remain current on your home loan to retain ownership of the property. Let's take a...

Contact a divorce lawyer early to gain an advantage

Setting an appointment with an Ohio divorce lawyer may make you feel like you've given up on your marriage. However, doing so at that first sign that your marriage might be ending could give you a significant advantage if you decide to get divorced. Information...

Three things you should photograph after an accident

A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye and leave a victim in a perplexed state. It can be hard to remember what you should do after an accident, and failing to take some crucial steps can cost you. A car accident can cost thousands of dollars if medical...

Looking out for yourself in ‘gray’ divorce situations

Although there were years of understanding between you and your spouse, you noticed changes in your relationship. These changes were less-than-subtle. Exclusion. Abruptly, you found yourself attending fewer country club-related social functions with your spouse. Cut...

Visit Our Blog

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