Cuyahoga Child Custody Lawyer: the Best Interests of the Child
Any parent going through a divorce worries about how their new situation will affect their relationship with their children. If you are going through a divorce, you want an attorney who can help you understand the options for you and your kids. At the Cleveland law offices of Slive & Slive, we can help you formulate child custody, visitation and parenting plans for your family.
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With over 30 years of family law experience, our attorneys understand that parents will continue to be parents for the rest of their lives. The decision you make today will set the backdrop for your future relationship with your children. When you take the time to plan accordingly, you can protect your relationship with your children, and this starts with the right child custody plan.
Child custody can be established or modified by an agreement of the parties approved by the court or by court order. When the parties do not agree, Ohio state courts use the best interest of the child as the standard by which all child custody decisions are made. There are many factors used to determine what is best for your children, including:
- Age of children
- Gender of child and parent
- Physical health (Parents & Children)
- Mental health (Parents & Children)
- Emotional bonds
- Ability to provide necessities
The court will also consider the ability and willingness of each parent to encourage a healthy relationship with the co-parent. The desire of the child can also be considered by the Court. The older the child the more weight his or her preference will be given. We will help you understand your child custody options and how they will affect other aspects of your divorce, such as child support.
Our lead attorney, Steve Slive is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.* With over 30 years of legal experience in Cleveland, our team knows how to help you through the child custody process and provide you with the information you need.
When creating a child custody and parenting plan, it is important to understand your options. At the Cleveland law offices of Slive & Slive, we will help you throughout the entire process. We offer Saturday morning appointments and accept credit cards. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.