It happens to many parents: their exes and other parents of their children hold custody over their heads. "If I don't get more child support, you're not seeing our children." "I'm leaving, and I'm taking the kids."
Sometimes, one parent even makes false allegations about the other parent in order to gain leverage in a divorce, get more money, and deprive the other parent of forming a meaningful relationship with their own children. They make false allegations about drinking, drug use, or even domestic violence and child neglect or endangerment.
Lawyers have a word for these attempts to interfere with parents' roles in their children's lives. It's called "parental alienation" and it is frowned upon by courts in Ohio.
At Andrew Russ Law, LLC, in Columbus, I represent parents in child custody matters involving parental alienation. I am experienced in helping mothers and fathers guard against false allegations and parental alienation that should not damage your parenting rights.
Under Ohio law, both mothers and fathers have the same rights to be with their children. However, things often don't play out so fairly, and many custody decisions are made in favor of mothers.
It's sad, but it's true.
Even in the 21st century, decisions are made in favor of women because — more often than not — dads are the ones who are the primary breadwinners for their families. They work outside the home to bring in the incomes necessary to fully and properly care for their children.
While dads are away working hard to bring home a paycheck, moms are generally home with the kids. So, when courts consider the "best interests of the child" when making child custody and shared parenting decisions, they tend to award custody to the parents who provide daily care: moms.
The best way to fight this bias is to work with an experienced family law attorney who knows the laws and local court procedures in Ohio family courts. At Andrew Russ Law, LLC, experience is my strength, and I do not hesitate to fight hard when custody is at risk.
If you are facing a divorce, child custody proceeding or support dispute, you need an attorney who will fight to protect your rights. Contact me, Columbus Family Law Attorney Andrew Russ, by calling 614-388-9190 for a free initial consultation about parental alienation.