Child Custody Attorneys
Custody Issues During DivorceCustody issues usually arise between parents during a divorce. They also arise between unmarried parents of children. The law firm of Harris & Engler is located in Columbus, Ohio, and its attorneys help individuals with their child custody issues throughout Central Ohio.
Generally, there are three options for parents to determine child custody arrangements: (1) come up with a unique agreement amongst yourselves (usually some form of shared parenting); (2) seek sole custody; or (3) seek shared parenting of your children.
Most parents are able to eventually come to an agreement amongst themselves with regard to how custody will be divided (or shared), the times and parts of the year each parent will be spending with the minor children, how children's birthdays and the parent's birthdays will be spent with the children, and who can claim the tax deductions and credits for the child/children and when. Most often this agreement is reached after court proceedings have already begun. This agreement is called the parenting plan and it is an important document that is ultimately incorporated into your divorce or dissolution decree. If you are looking for a child custody attorney in Columbus, Delaware, or greater Central Ohio, then look no further than Harris & Engler. You can call a child custody attorney today at (614) 610-9988.
Parent Seeking Sole CustodyA parent seeking sole custody in a divorce proceeding can be a very difficult process. There are usually extra steps that take place when one parent is seeking sole custody, and the other parent contests that custody (they are also seeking sole custody or some form of shared parenting). This almost always results in a guardian ad litem being appointed for the child/children. A guardian ad litem is basically like an attorney for the child/children. You can read more about what a guardian ad litem is here. Both parties have to pay for the cost of a guardian ad litem. A contested battle for sole custody can also result in a number of different hearings and ultimately a trial on the issue. Unfortunately, this can also make a custody battle very expensive. The child custody attorneys at Harris & Engler help individuals in the Central Ohio area keep costs as reasonable as possible while looking out for your interests in your custody case.
Post-Decree Child Custody IssuesWhile most child custody issues initial arise as a result of getting a divorce or dissolution, sometimes these issues do not arise until you have already been divorced (that is, you are having post-divorce decree child custody issues). People have Post- Divorce or Dissolution Decree issues for multiple reasons: (1) you might have had a bad shared parenting plan to begin with; (2) circumstances might have changed since you originally got divorced; (3) there might be other unique reasons why you are seeking to change your rights with regard to custody of your children.
Parents usually find out within a few years if the parenting plan that they entered into was a bad or unworkable plan. This happens because either the plan was not designed for your circumstances, you did not really understand the plan when it was entered into, or circumstances have changed since you entered the plan and you need a new plan to accomodate your current circumstances. If you want to change your parenting plan then you've got to file a motion to do so with the court, and then you may ultimately end up having a trial on the issue. The attorneys at Harris & Engler can help you with all aspects of your child custody problem and they would be happy to assist you. You can call an attorney to discuss your concerns about child custody either before the divorce is finalized or in order to try to modify your shared parenting plan post-divorce decree.