Practice Areas

Columbus Child Custody And Visitation Lawyer

At The Sharp Law Firm, LLC, in Columbus, we know that your children are your most precious assets. More than how you divide your home or other material property, it is likely important to you that you maintain a close relationship with your children, and it is our goal to help you do that.

The idea of changing your relationship with your children is frightening. We are here to help you through it. Family law attorney Marianne Sharp Bernardo will listen to your concerns, make sure you understand your custody rights and help you work toward a favorable resolution.

Finding A Custody Arrangement That Works For You And Your Children

In Ohio, child custody is always decided based on the best interests of the children involved. Depending on your family situation, there are two main options for child custody:

  • Sole custody: One parent will be the physical and legal custodian of the child, while the other parent may be granted child visitation.
  • Shared parenting: Both parents will have physical and legal custody of the child, and the children will spend time living with both parents. However, the time spent with each parent does not have to be equal.

While many parents in Ohio choose to share custody, there are many different factors that can shape a final custody or visitation agreement, including but not limited to:

  • The best interests of the children
  • Each parent's living situation
  • The criminal history of each parent
  • The wishes of the child and the parents
  • The child's relationship with his or her parents and siblings

Taking A Collaborative Approach To Preserve Your Family

Ohio is a collaborative family state, which means that parents must attempt to work through divorce and custody matters together, with their respective attorneys, before they can go to court. The benefit of collaborative divorce in terms of child custody is that it allows you and your ex-spouse to have the final say in the agreement. If you go to court, on the other hand, a judge will decide for you.

Get Started With A Free Consultation

To speak with lawyer Marianne Sharp Bernardo about your custody matter, please call our office at 614-254-6326 or 800-483-8148, or contact us online. Your first consultation is free.