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Ohio courts hurting families, children in divorce

If you have to go to court for your divorce and have children, you want the court to do what's best for your family. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. A report from Sept. 26 states that Ohio's domestic-relations courts aren't dealing with parental separations as well as they should, and that's having an impact on children.

It's been found by one groundbreaking study by the National Parents Organization that Ohio's courts are part of the problem. While custody decisions are supposed to be in the best interests of the children, it would seem that the courts aren't encouraging shared physical custody despite the fact that it's typically better for children.

Most court custody guidelines have shown that parenting-time guidelines were designed with children spending only two nights and 60 hours or less with one of their fit parents over the course of a two-week period. None of Ohio's 88 counties have guidelines to allow children to stay with the noncustodial parent on school nights.

Three counties, however, did adopt guidelines to provide children with equal or near-equal time with their parents (when the parents were both fit to parent their children). These counties include Ashtabula, Jefferson and Tuscarawas.

How can you help your child during divorce?

If you and your spouse can agree to spend time with your children equally or in a manner that suits your situation, it's better than going to a judge for a determination. Put your child first and find a solution that will work for you. If you go to court, there's no way to guarantee the outcome.

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