Our last blog post asked how being on active military duty can affect child custody. This is matter that affects many Ohio fathers, and is one that should not be taken lightly. For decades, there has been a presumption that a child's mother is best suited to care for a child's needs, and a father's absence due to military service may have been used against him. But times have changed and fathers are being granted the wider rights and recognition they deserve.
Yet, protecting fathers' rights isn't always easy. Sure, in a custody dispute a judge will try to determine which type of arrangement is in the best interest of the child, which could lead to less physical time being spent with your child, but failing to protect your rights as a father could also lead to an increased child support obligation. Therefore, if you are facing child support or custody issues, whether due to a military obligation, a change of job, or health reasons, then you want to think about obtaining competent assistance.
An experienced family law attorney may be able to help in many ways. A lawyer can first assess your situation and outcome you would like to achieve. Then, together, you and your attorney can develop a legal strategy that works in your best interests. Once that is complete, then your legal team can represent you in negotiations and in front of a judge. In other words, when you secure the services of a dedicated and aggressive legal professional, like the one at Andrew Russ Law, then you can rest assured that your voice will have weight.
Our legal team is proud of its reputation for representing fathers. Though we cannot guarantee any particular outcome, we work hard to develop an individualized legal approach that fits the particular case at hand. It is this individualized attention that fathers need in order to adequately fight for the relationship they want and need with their children.