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Child Custody & Visitation

Columbus Child Custody Lawyer

We Protect the Best Interests of Your Family

Fairly Dividing Custody Between ExesChildren are the most valuable asset of any marriage. In any divorce or dissolution, their best interests should be paramount. Unfortunately, the welfare of children can sometimes take a back seat to heated disputes over the division of marital property and assets.

At the Law Offices of William L. Geary, we have been helping concerned parents put their children first for nearly 25 years. The custody lawyers in Columbus, Ohio at our firm work hard to protect our clients’ rights and goals while looking out for the best interests of their children.

We are adept at identifying multiple options for providing the best arrangement for each child in a complex or high-asset divorce. We integrate creative child support scenarios to find child custody solutions that work.

Call our Columbus child custody attorneys for help with your sensitive child custody and visitation issues at (614) 289-1227.

What You Should Know

Child custody and visitation rights are protected by law, regardless of complexity of the matter.

Child custody rights apply to the following situations:

  • Second marriages
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Same-sex relationships after a divorce
  • Threats of retaliation from former spouses
  • Disputes over religion, politics, or employment

Courts tend to favor shared parenting arrangements as being in the best interests of children of divorce. Under the unusual circumstances where there is an allegation of child abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, the powerful advocacy of an experienced and effective custody lawyers in Columbus, Ohio is essential to ensure a proper and just outcome of the matter.

Can a Mom Get Full Custody in Ohio?

If a mother in Ohio gives birth and is not married, she automatically gets custody of the child. Nevertheless, if both parents are married at the time of the child's birth, both have equal legal rights to their child.

Here in Columbus and throughout Central Ohio, courts are working to establish parenting plans for visitation that spread quality time evenly between both parents, while reflecting the natural rhythms and existing schedules of the children’s lives. Attorney Geary brings more than 35 years of experience to these discussions and can help to provide creative insight based upon this experience to help find the best possible solution for parenting time with your child(ren).

How is Child Custody Determined in Columbus, Ohio?

In Ohio, according to O.R.C. 3109.04, child custody must be determined based on the best interests of the child. Factors that are used to determine this include:

  • The wishes of the parents
  • The wishes of the child
  • The relationship between the child and parents and any siblings
  • The child’s home, school, and community
  • The mental health of the child and parents
  • The physical health of the child and parents
  • Which parent is more likely to cooperate with parenting time and visitation rights
  • The ability of the parents to cooperate together
  • Any criminal history
  • Any history of substance abuse
  • Any history of domestic violence or child abuse

If you have any further questions regarding how the court determines custody in Ohio, don’t hesitate to contact our firm.

Contact Us for Help with Child Custody & Visitation Issues

Schedule a detailed assessment of your current legal position and to discuss a strategy for securing the best interests of your children with an experienced Columbus child custody and visitation attorney.

Contact us today! We are available to help you by phone at (614) 289-1227.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “I reached out to Mr. Geary to help me unpack a complex divorce case that involved a pre-nup. He was actually the 3rd attorney that I sought advice. I was most impressed with Mr. Geary's thoroughness ...”

    - Teresa D.
  • “I cannot say enough great things about Brittany and The Law Offices of William L. Geary.”

    - Cory B.
  • “Excellent professionals.”

    - Carla Z.
  • “I would recommend this attorney to anyone in my family or friends. He is the best. Before I worked with Mr. Geary with a very complicated and contested divorce case, I had also worked with other ...”

    - Wentong
  • “Bill was very attentive and listened carefully to my case. He "rolled up his sleeves", went to work and got the best possible solution to my problem. He was absolutely brilliant, and his fee was very ...”

    - Carl

Case Examples

  • Child Support Enforcement Agency’s Payment of Attorney Fees to Our Client
  • Custody to Father (Child Relocated from Japan)
  • Custody to Unrelated Couple
  • Divorce/Business Valuation
  • Retrieval of Children Who Had Been Taken from State and Hidden from Father
  • 2023 Certificate of Excellence
  • Expertise - Best Child Support Lawyers in Columbus
  • Client Champion - Platinum 2022
  • Peer Rated 2022
  • 2022 Certificate of Excellence
  • Client Champion - Platinum 2021
  • Peer Rated 2021
  • AV 2021
  • Justia 10.0 Rating
  • Avvo 2020
  • Best Attorneys Online - Oct. 2013
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Best Attorneys Online - 2012
  • AV Peer Rated - 2016
  • BBB Accredited
  • ThreeBestRated
  • Three Best Rated
  • Avvo 2016
  • Avvo Reviews
  • Client Champion Platinum - 2019