Custody & Shared Parenting
Child Custody & Shared Parenting
Custody and visitation matters are the most important legal issues to any parent. It is vital that your parental rights are protected so that you can enjoy rich and meaningful relationship with your children and keep the conflict with the other parent to a minimum.
We are Hannah Botkin-Doty and Abbie Obenour, family law attorneys who above all, work to protect our clients’ parental rights. We develop practical custody and visitation outcomes which enable clients to have the structure and support they need to be great parents.
We often represent clients for:
- Custody for Unmarried Parents
- Child custody proceedings
- Joint custody and shared parenting plans
- Child visitation and parenting time
- Modifications of Custody and Child Support
- Relocation out of State
- Establishing Legal Paternity
How We Can Help You
We represent you. We want to understand your situation, your children needs, and your goals for your family. Once we know who you are and what your needs are, then we recommend a legal strategy and a practical course of action designed to achieve them.
Ideally, we prefer to negotiate with the other party out of court to reach fair and workable custody and visitation arrangements. It minimizes legal costs and reduces stress and emotional tensions between the parents— which benefits you and your children. It can also establish a positive framework for future dealings with the other parent. Most children do better when they see their parents cooperating on matters relating to them and the overall goal is to always do what is best for your children’s wellbeing.
However, sometimes there are situations where the other parent has harmed the child or is unreasonable in their demands. Then, we have the full ability to involve the Courts and we can file for:
- An emergency custody order to take your child away from a custodian who is placing your children in danger.
- A restraining order against any party that is trying to take the child out of state without your consent.
- Supervised visitation if the other parent is unwilling to act responsibly with your children during their time.
- Drug testing of the other parent so that you can rest assured that your child is not being exposed to an inappropriate environment.
- Psychological assessments to give the court a complete understanding of what the other parent is like.
Whether you are considering immediate legal action like the examples above, or just want to tweak an existing child custody and visitation agreement to reflect a changing reality, we can help. When necessary, our firm will aggressively litigate to achieve your goals and protect your rights.
Whatever your circumstances, we will do everything we can to preserve and enhance your precious relationship with your children and help provide you with a practical solution that will keep the peace.
Contact Ohio child custody and visitation lawyers, Hannah Botkin-Doty and Abbie Obenour.