Child Custody and Visitation

During child custody disputes, parents are often blinded by tension, anxiety, hostility and raw emotion. It is rare for parents to set aside their personal differences and truly put their children's interests first. At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, we help our clients remove the blinders and make decisions that are best for them and their children.

From our offices in Port Clinton and Sandusky, we help clients throughout Northwest Ohio protect their parental rights and the interests of their children during child custody disputes.

DETERMINING PARENTING TIME

When a marriage or romantic relationship ends, Ohio courts must determine parental rights. Often referred to as "custody" and "visitation," these terms refer to how much time children spend with each parent.

Parenting arrangements can take several forms. One parent may be deemed the "residential and legal custodian" while the other has visitation rights, or parents may have joint custody or "shared parenting" time.

Custody determinations have lasting impacts on parent-child relationships. Don't lose out on important time with your child. At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, we will help you get the time you want and need to maintain strong bonds with your children.

Child custody involves more than deciding where a child will live. In addition to living arrangements and parenting time, a variety of factors must be considered, including:

  • School placement - Determining which parent's address will be used for school district enrollment.
  • Income tax exemptions - Deciding which parent takes the child dependency exemption.
  • Medical insurance - Deciding which parent will provide health insurance for the child.
  • Child support - Custody impacts support obligations.

Our firm also helps clients modify their parenting plans and custody orders to reflect today's life.

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS DURING CUSTODY BATTLES

It doesn't take much for a child custody or visitation dispute to erupt into a highly contentious legal battle. When your relationship with your child is on the line, you need someone who will fight for you.

Shelly Kennedy is that person. She has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. She will go to bat for you and fight to protect your parental rights.

CUSTODY IS FOR DADS, TOO

All too often, dads are overlooked and undervalued. You play an important role in your child's life. You deserve parenting time. Attorney Kennedy fights to level the playing field and protect her clients' paternal rights.

PROTECT YOUR PARENT-CHILD BOND, CONTACT SHELLY KENNEDY

Contact us today at 419-967-6039 or 800-655-0682.