Answers to Your Concerns About Shared Parenting
Children benefit when they are allowed to maintain a strong relationship with both parents after a divorce or separation. For this reason, many Ohio courts now favor shared parenting agreements, which means that parents will share both parenting time and responsibilities for their children.
These arrangements are often beneficial for the children, but they can be difficult and confusing for parents. At Smith, Illner & Gemelas Co. LPA, we can provide Ohio parents with the information and guidance they need to fully understand shared parenting. Our lawyers know how important it is for you to maintain a strong and healthy relationship with your children, and we will fight for both your parental rights and the best interests of your kids.
Answers to Your Questions About Shared Parenting
It is normal to have questions and concerns regarding shared parenting or the best custody arrangement for your unique family. Our experienced Elyria attorneys can answer your questions about shared custody, including the following:
Will I have to pay child support in a shared parenting arrangement?
Both custody and the income of both parents will determine child support payments. Generally, the higher earning spouse could pay less in a shared parenting plan.
Will both parents have equal custody?
Shared custody does not necessarily mean you will have 50-50 physical custody. It is possible to negotiate or pursue a plan with a different percentage of child sharing that works best for your schedule.
What can I do if the other parent does not follow the shared parenting plan?
A custody order is a court order. If the other parent refuses to cooperate, he or she could face serious penalties, including time in jail.
Can I pursue sole custody?
Technically, you can pursue sole custody. However, courts presume that shared custody is generally in the best interests of the children, and you will have to provide substantial proof that sole custody is best. Once a shared custody plan is in place, it is difficult to modify it.
Am I a bad mother if I do not have sole custody?
Simply put, no. The courts believe that a child benefits from having two parents in his or her life, not just one. Your custody plan is not a reflection on your ability as a parent. The fact that you are willing to share child custody speaks to your concern for what is best for the child.
Is it possible to relocate?
In a shared parenting plan, it can be difficult to change where a child will live. If a parent wants or needs to move, it can be complex to do so if the plan specifies where the child will live.