The courts have always been very aware of mothers’ rights when it comes to custody of their children. Although mothers do not have a formal advantage under the law, preserving the mother’s bond with the child is widely recognized to be in that child’s best interest.
The thought of losing time with their child can be the scariest thing for moms. As the mother’s custody lawyer, I allay that fear by making the process predictable and by trying to keep change to a minimum. That continuity is almost always in the best interest of the child.
Mothers’ Rights in Ohio: The Basics
- Mothers’ custody rights tend to increase somewhat with very young children. In a standard visitation schedule, the court tries to give a very young child frequent contact with both parents. But factors like breast-feeding and co-sleeping can increase the amount of time the mother needs to spend with the child.
- A formal custody order will eventually determine how you and your children’s father divide time with them. Until that order is in place, make sure you spend as much time with your children as possible. This will help protect your long-term custody rights.
- If you are the primary breadwinner, you still have the right to be with your child or children whenever you can. As your custody lawyer, Lisa will help devise a parenting plan that accommodates your work schedule and maximizes your possession time.
- If you have been a stay-at-home mom until this point, Lisa will strive to maintain the status quo (both in budget and custodial time), so you can provide the same level of care for your children.
Make sure you understand and take advantage of all the custody rights you deserve as a mother. Contact Lisa today to schedule a free consultation.
Ohio Mothers’ Rights: Did You Know?
The court does not have the authority to make orders relating to an unborn child. Therefore, a woman who is pregnant during the legal process to end her marriage will have to go back to court after the child is born to address the issues of child support and custody.