Do Mothers Have a Better Chance of Getting Custody?
While there is good reason for the long-standing stereotype that women are almost always awarded custody, times have changed. Ohio is one of many states that has taken steps to give both parents equal rights over custody of their children. One important distinction, though, is whether the child was born while the parents were married.
If your child or children were born during your marriage, then both parents are viewed as having “equal footing” in family court. If, on the other hand, the child was born outside of a marriage, the mother automatically has sole custody, and the father initially has no rights until he is determined by the court to be the father of the child. In these cases, there are steps that each parent can take to try and modify these arrangements. For instance, the mother can file a court order for child support, and the father can file an acknowledgment of paternity to claim his parental rights.
Whether you need to establish a child custody arrangement or modify an existing one — and whether you are a mother or father — we at Heckert & Moreland Co., LPA will strive to make the legal process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
Although having an attorney is not legally required in Columbus or the state of Ohio, choosing to work with one can make all the difference when it comes to establishing fair arrangements for child custody, visitation, child support, and related matters. And really, when it’s your parental rights on the line, it’s not worth it to take any risk.
At Heckert & Moreland Co., LPA, our approach centers on providing effective legal counsel, first and foremost. We want to help you and your ex arrive at a fair and fitting arrangement that makes sense for the unique needs of your kids and your family. Like the courts, our primary concern is making sure your children have the care they need.
Beyond that, we also strive to provide clear guidance, an empathetic ear, and unwavering legal support when you need it most. If that’s the type of legal team you want on your side, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a one-on-one consultation.