Navigating the Intricacies of Parenting Issues

Going through a divorce or dissolution affects every family differently, but one commonality is that any children involved will be greatly impacted by the dramatic change in your family dynamic. There are a number of legal issues pertaining to children that must be resolved when parents decide to break up or terminate their marriage, and the outcome of many of the core issues decided in a divorce will shape the children’s lives for years to come.

The way in which you and your ex-spouse parent your children after a divorce or dissolution will have tremendous impact on the future of your family and your relationships. It is essential for both you and your attorney to be mindful of your children’s best interests while making any choices related to your divorce or dissolution.

At Wagner & Bloch, our Hamilton County family lawyers put the needs of your children first. We will help you make informed decisions that give preference to the long-term interests of your family. Whether your child custody case is contested or decided by agreement, we can effectively represent you while minimizing the impact of the proceedings on your children. Our approach to parenting issues places an emphasis on protecting your family as well as helping resolve communication issues between you and your ex-spouse to allow for a prosperous co-parenting relationship.

Child Custody: Choosing Between Shared Parenting & Sole Custody

Typically, parties to a case involving a child custody dispute have to choose between “shared parenting” and “sole custody.” The primary difference between shared parenting and sole custody is who holds the decision-making power for the children, though there are several other aspects to consider when deciding between them.

In a shared parenting arrangement, both parents have legal custody; they consult each other and make joint decisions regarding the child’s school placement, medical decisions, activities, and religious upbringing.

However, in a sole custody arrangement, the custodial parent has legal custody and is solely responsible for making important decisions regarding the child. Although it is often beneficial to have both parents involved in decision-making for the child, sole custody is sometimes more appropriate when the parties are incapable or unwilling to cooperatively make decisions together.

Establishing the Best Parenting Time Schedule for Your Family

In addition to determining legal custody, there are many other factors that must be determined, such as a routine parenting time schedule, a holiday schedule, division of the child’s expenses, transportation, and child support.

Resolving Emotional & Legal Challenges While Defending the Best Interests of Your Children

There is no single best way to parent a child in any family law situation. In fact, there are likely several variations of the above child custody concepts that would work for your family going forward. Our attorneys, along with other professionals if necessary, will assess the circumstances of your case to help you determine which options are best for you and your family. We can assist you in all parenting issues related to child custody, child support, and stepparent adoption.

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