Ohio Attorneys for Child Custody and Shared Parenting Solutions
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 125 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 Set 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 we 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
Attorney Mike Illner is certified as a parenting coordinator and guardian ad litem in Lorain County, giving him added insight into the child custody factors that matter most to Ohio judges.