DeSanto Law Firm is a Canfield, Ohio law firm with one of its primary focuses on family law matters including divorce, child custody, child support issues and domestic violence. With more than 65 years of legal experience, our team provides skilled advocacy, experience, dedication and accessibility to families in and around Canfield, Youngstown, Boardman, Austintown and Poland. To speak with a lawyer at the firm contact us online or by calling 330-702-8800.
Canfield Parenting Plan Lawyer
Child custody and visitation decisions will either be made by agreement between the divorcing couple, usually with the help of attorneys, mediators, guardians or by the court. Custody can be awarded to either party as recent legislative changes have ensured that both parties are on an even playing field. Alternatively, the parties also have the option of negotiating and agreeing to a shared parenting plan. A shared parenting plan can allocate the time that a child spends with either parent, provide for which parent will be the residential parent for school purposes and can address related issues concerning child support, health care benefits and payments of medical expenses.
In Ohio, a "best interest of the child" standard is used when making decisions about child custody and parenting time. These factors consider the history of the parent-child relationship and how the child is doing in the parent's care and in the community. A common misconception about child custody is that the financial situation of a parent is a consideration. This is not the case. The parent's economic or financial situation is not taken into account when decisions are made regarding the best interest of the child. Some factors that are used to determine child custody and parenting time include:
- Age of the child
- Physical and mental development of the child
- The child's familiarity with family members and friends
- The child's adjustment to school, extracurricular activities and the community
We Make the Legal Process as Easy as Possible for You
At DeSanto Law Firm we understand that the decisions being made today will have an impact on you and your family for years to come. Our goal is to make the legal process as easy as possible as we work to reach the results you seek. Our office is conveniently located in Canfield, Ohio, on Boardman-Canfield Road and our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with evening and weekend hours available by appointment. Contact us online or by calling 330-702-8800 to speak with a Youngstown child custody lawyer.