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Child Custody/Support/Visitation

Written by Amy Smith. Posted in Domestic Violence and Law

It is very important that you have an attorney
in any legal action involving child custody.
Orders for child custody, visitation and child support
may be obtained through a civil protection order,
divorce, legal separation or an action in juvenile court
(especially if you and your partner are not married.)
In some cases, the court may order supervised visitation
if the court finds that the child is not safe with the other
parent. Custody/visitation orders may be changed if
problems arise, but this must be done by filing a motion
with the court. It is important to document issues
with the children that have arisen since the last order
(medical reports of any injuries, health issues occurring
during the other parent’s contact with the child,
photographs of injuries to your child, observations of
neutral third parties including counselors, teachers, etc).

It is very important that you have an attorney in any legal action involving child custody. Orders for child custody, visitation and child support may be obtained through a civil protection order, divorce, legal separation or an action in juvenile court (especially if you and your partner are not married.)

In some cases, the court may order supervised visitation if the court finds that the child is not safe with the other parent. Custody/visitation orders may be changed if problems arise, but this must be done by filing a motionwith the court. It is important to document issues with the children that have arisen since the last order (medical reports of any injuries, health issues occurring during the other parent’s contact with the child, photographs of injuries to your child, observations of neutral third parties including counselors, teachers, etc).

If you receive an order for the other parent to pay child support, they still may not pay. If that happens, you may need to get help enforcing your child support order. You can get more information on child custody and child support enforcement at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocs/ or http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem/family-law/child-support/qandact_view.