One of the biggest concerns for parents ending their marriage is how it affects their children. Data from the Ohio Department of Health shows that in 2019 there was a 48.2% divorce rate in Franklin County alone. Out of the separations, 38.1% involved minors. The city of Columbus, extending into several counties besides the previously mentioned one, is subject to many such cases.
Kids often experience a great deal of upheaval during a legal breakup. There are certain state custody policies that may significantly alter their lifestyle which soon-to-be-ex-spouses need to know.
Children do not decide
Your underage offspring do not make the final decision in where they live unless you and your former partner come to an agreement together and allow them to. However, officials may choose to interview your progeny in the chambers to ask about their wishes. They may take these desires into consideration. Audio or paper records of statements by said children are not submittable as evidence of their inclinations.
Factors judges consider
If you and the other party cannot reach a satisfactory custody arrangement on your own, a judge steps in and assigns one based on what benefits your youths. Potential factors the court may look at include earning ability, your character, your economic net worth and your personal history.
You may request a change later
Later on, you may ask for a modification to the order if there is a change in circumstances. For example, if your co-parent wants to relocate a distance away this may be grounds for an alteration. However, the judge may refuse this petition.
Ohio encourages splitting couples to work together to create a shared parenting plan. However, the court has the final word since it must approve it to make it official.