You, like other Ohioan parents, probably know that child custody can be sticky issue. Disputes can become heated and fueled by emotions as parents try to hash out what is best for their child. There are several considerations in an initial custody determination, but even once that determination is made the matter is not put to rest. One common issue that brings child custody back to the forefront is parent and child relocation.
If you are trying to relocate with your child, it is important that you know the law. In Ohio, a custodial parent who wishes to relocate with his or her child must file notice with the court, which will then notify the noncustodial parent. If the noncustodial parent objects to the relocation, then the matter may be destined for a court hearing where a judge will make a determination based on the best interests of the child. In these hearings, an individual's past may come into play, as a judge may take a history of violence, financial situation, and bond with the child into consideration.
If you are considering relocating with your child, whether for work, medical reasons, or to be closer to family, you must consider whether it is in the best interests of the child. By speaking with an experienced family law attorney, you may be able to better assess this. An attorney may be able to help you assess relational and financial considerations, and may be able to assist you in developing a legal strategy that supports your child's best interests.
Though child custody matters like relocation can be worrisome and overwhelming, it is important that you treat the matter with the importance it deserves and that you remain diligent and thorough in your efforts. Hopefully then you will be able to find a fair resolution that supports your needs as well as those of your child.
Source: Ohio Legislature, "Chapter 3109: Children," accessed on Jan. 12, 2015