Many of those in Ohio who follow international child custody law are saddened by a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court. The decision may make it more difficult for parents living abroad whose partners flee with their child to seek their immediate return for child custody litigation. The case clarifies the stance of the United States toward the provisions of the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
When parents make the decision to end their relationship, the care and custody of their shared children is often their top concern. In many cases, parents are able to reach a solution between themselves, outside of a court of law. For some, however, reaching an agreement is simply not possible, and a child custody case is brought before a court. In one unusual case, the custody and visitation fight began before the child was even born. Ohio readers may find the outcome of interest, especially in the way that it relates to fathers' rights.
Ohio parents who emerge from a divorce must immediately move into new roles as co-parents. This involves coordinating schedules and making sure that the needs of their shared children are met, even as both parties are still completing the transition from one household into two. After a period of time, parents fall into a visitation schedule, and can effectively plan the rest of their lives around that calendar.
The responsibilities that come with being a parent are numerous, and families spend a great deal of time and effort ensuring that needs of their children are met, on multiple levels. When a child becomes injured or ill, parents take action to address the issue, and make a number of decisions regarding how the path of their child's medical care will unfold. This is a fundamental parental right, and families in Ohio and beyond often assume that they will be allowed to make these decisions and follow through on a course of treatment. However, one family is currently struggling to regain their child custody rights after a disagreement between doctors over their daughter's medical condition.
Ohio residents may have been made aware of a recent case in which a family has lost custody of four children in response to a video that has gone viral. The video features a diapered two-year-old who has apparently knocked over a chair and then engaged in a lengthy cursing tirade with adults who are standing just off-screen. That child and three others have been removed from the home, prompting a heated debate over the rights of parents and the reach of the state in determining child custody placements.
When issues of child custody arise, grandparents' rights are not often what first comes to mind. In some cases, the grandparents might have a vested interest in caring for the child in question -- perhaps the parents are unfit or unable to provide for the child. There are times when grandparents might overstep their bounds and try to claim legal rights to their grandchildren when it is not necessary. Recently, an Ohio grandfather attempted to sue for custody of his granddaughter. This child custody battle was resolved but should serve as a cautionary tale to others who might find themselves in a similar situation.
Ohio parents may be interested to know the outcome of a father's fight to get custody of his child. When a child is removed from a parent due to the parent's drug and alcohol habits, it may take years for that parent to prove his or her rehabilitation and capability to care for the child again. The court will have to be convinced that the parent has met every criterion set before it will consider giving the parent child custody again.
Visitation rights in child custody disputes prove to be one of the most emotional matters divorcing parents have to deal with. Divorced parents in Ohio may be interested in a lower court order that was recently reversed by a Supreme Court in another state. The lower court ruled previously that an unmarried parent may not have overnight visitation with a child while the parent's long-term live-in partner was present.
Many mothers in in Ohio have likely heard a comment about how lucky they are if the father of their children are highly and equally involved in their children's life. However, in many cases it's not luck, but a reflection of a shifting view of a father's role in his children's life. This change is also reflected in the number of single father's who now seek child custody of their children.
Divorce is never easy, and child custody issues can create even greater rifts between parents. Friendly solutions are not always possible, and resolving the issue can sometimes take years. What parents often forget in their struggle to gain child custody, is that the goal should be minimizing the disruption of the child's schedule and reducing the damage done to the child's psyche. One teenage girl in Ohio has spent more than 10 years caught between her parents in their custody battle, and she wants her voice to be heard in the proceedings that will determine if her father will get unsupervised visitation rights.