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Protecting Mother's Rights In Ohio.

Understanding your rights as a mother is essential in custody matters. Hiring the right attorney can make a difference in ensuring that you receive custody in your matter.


Understanding Rights Of Mothers In Ohio.

We recognize the deep concerns mothers often face regarding their children, especially when faced with threats from the other parent. These threats can manifest in various ways, such as denying parenting time, ignoring custody orders, verbal threats, or using the child as leverage in disputes.


We are here to provide relief and fight for your parental rights. Remember, both the U.S. Supreme Court and Ohio state law affirm that parents have primary authority over their children's care. This right is fundamental and can only be challenged under extreme circumstances, such as proven parental unfitness or legal termination of parental rights. Our team is committed to defending your right to parent, ensuring that your voice is heard and your parental rights are upheld.

General Information About Mother's Rights In Ohio.

Ohio custody laws guide judges by providing 'best interest factors' to ensure each decision serves the child's welfare. These factors include:

  • The parents' preferences for child care.

  • The child's relationships with parents, siblings, and others who may influence their well-being.

  • The child's adjustment to home, school, and community.

  • The mental and physical health of all family members.

  • Each parent's commitment to respecting court-ordered parenting time.

  • Compliance with child support obligations.

  • Criminal history related to sex offenses, child-related crimes, or violence within the household.

  • Past behavior regarding adherence to parenting agreements.

  • Potential out-of-state relocation plans by a parent.

Children's preferences are also taken into account, especially if a judge conducts an interview, which depends on the child's age and maturity.

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Ohio Law ‘Best Interest Factors.’

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Additional Considerations

When courts evaluate parenting arrangements, they not only consider the standard 'best interest factors' but also additional elements to ensure the arrangement serves the child's needs. These include:

  • The ability of both parents to cooperate for the benefit of their children.

  • Each parent's capacity to foster a strong relationship between the child and the other parent.

  • Any history or potential for domestic violence or child abuse.

  • The practical impact of the parents' geographic proximity on shared parenting.

  • The opinion of a guardian ad litem, if appointed.

If these factors significantly favor one parent, the court may grant them both legal and physical custody, potentially leading to more time with the child. However, this decision is ultimately up to the judge and depends on the specific circumstances of each case.

In cases where unmarried parents face disputes over time spent with their child, the legal landscape can be challenging. Often, there may not be an existing court order outlining custody and parenting arrangements.


Ohio law offers specific protections for unmarried mothers. If you are an unmarried woman who has given birth, you are automatically granted sole residential and legal custody of your child. This means you have both legal and physical custody rights. However, it is important to note that these custody designations can be altered by a subsequent court order.

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Unmarried Mothers’ Rights

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Divorced Mothers

During a divorce, the legal situation for mothers differs from that of unmarried mothers. In a marriage, the father is legally presumed to be the child's parent. As a result, the law approaches divorcing parents on equal footing, meaning that the mother does not automatically receive sole legal and physical custody. Instead, custody decisions are made considering both parents' rights and the best interests of the child.

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Child Support

When parents live separately and cannot agree on financial contributions for their child's needs, a mother may seek a court order to define each parent's financial obligations. It is important to note that until a child support order is established, the father is not legally required to provide financial support.


In cases where a child support order exists but the father fails to comply, mothers often face challenging financial decisions. If you are in this situation, petitioning the court to hold the father in contempt for non-payment, may lead to penalties such as wage garnishment or even jail time.

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Your Professional Attorney For Custody Matters.

Understanding your rights as a mother can be difficult and even confusing. With our representation, you’ll have access to knowledge and professional services that will help you understand your rights and help you fight your matter.

Your Steps To Fight Your Battle For Custody.



Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation to determine the specific needs of your case.

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After the initial consultation, we will work to develop an in-depth strategy to assist in achieving optimal results for your case.

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From the first meeting to the close of your matter, enjoy the comfort of knowing that a proven professional is in your corner, fighting for your rights.

Important Disclaimer

The information that you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls and emails. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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