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Smith, Illner & Gemelas | Attorneys at Law

More than 125 Years of Combined Experience

Custody and Shared Parenting

Among the most challenging issues to resolve during a divorce or dissolution are the questions of child custody and parenting plans. When pursuing resolutions to these issues, whether through amicable negotiation or more assertive litigation tactics, the guidance of an experienced lawyer can be invaluable in helping you create the most healthy and effective arrangements possible.

At Smith, Illner & Gemelas Co. LPA, our Elyria, Ohio, child custody attorneys work diligently to help you uphold your parental rights and create effective shared parenting and custody plans. With more than 60 years of combined experience, we are confident in addressing even the most complex or contested cases.

By offering guidance that is tailored directly to your unique needs and personality, we work to help you throughout your proceedings and obtain resolutions as quickly and painlessly as possible. Whether you are involved in a contested child custody dispute or wish to seek an amicable arrangement, we have the negotiation and litigation experience needed to help you ensure that your voice is heard on all matters pertaining to your children.

Helping You Create Realistic Goals

In most cases, the state of Ohio tends to favor shared parenting and custody plans. This preference creates an uphill battle for many parents seeking sole custody of their children.

After carefully examining your situation, we strive to help you create realistic goals and understand the stance a judge may take on your position. By helping you create such realistic goals, we may be able to help you avoid unnecessary expense and time spent seeking resolutions that may not be attainable.In an effort to help you make the most effective decisions possible throughout your proceedings, we take great care to explain the differences between shared parenting and custody, and offer advice on a number of issues, including:

  • Child support
  • Residential parents
  • Health care issues
  • Relocation issues
  • Travel expenses for visitation

Helping You Understand the Factors Involved in the Process

Whether you wish to negotiate an amicable arrangement or feel that court intervention is needed to resolve your custody or shared parenting dispute, we work to help you understand the many factors often taken into account during the process, including:

  • Wishes of the parents
  • Child's expressed desires
  • Needs of child's parents
  • History of the relationship
  • Mental and physical health of parents
  • Advice of the guardian ad litem

Contact our office online or call 440-328-4574 or toll free 888-506-0340 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your specific custody and shared parenting concerns.

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