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Fellow bucknutters, not to be a downer but i am in need of some legal help. My fiance and I split up about two months ago and we have an 11 month old son. Bottom line is she is crazy and giving me the whole "right now i am what he knows/comfortable with and i basically go day to day not knowing when the next time I am going to see my son is With that being said, are there any family law attorneys out there or can someone recommend some? Thanks everyone, any help or advice is appreciated. GO BUCKS!
I actually do marketing for an attorney. He's very reasonably priced and he's a great guy. Give Chris Murphy a call at Murphy Law Office, his number is 614-547-2529. Located in Columbus, and he's a Buckeye :)
This post was edited by DubBuck68 23 months ago
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Murphy's law. Sounds like a bad option.
I don't know any attorneys but as positive reinforcement I can tell you that fathers are granted custody more and more in this day and age. I was able to get custody of my two daughters about 6 years ago. I remember feeling like it was a waste of time and money but a lady representative from the state reassured me that the fathers are getting custody more and more. Unlike the old days where it was just assumed that the mother was going to get custody.
Also if you are not able to gain custody make sure you get a specific selection of days for visitation. I thought I was smart and only agreed to "unlimited" visitation. I found out that she was able to deny my visitation for any reason. I even called the police at one point because she would not allow me to pick them up (because she was angry with me about something) and they said there was nothing I could do even with a court order stating I had unlimited visitation.
kick that fuckin' door in and take your kid back, thats just what I would do.
Hey Brother, I feel you, been here & done this. Where's the court of jurisdiction at? If you are in Cleveland, I have GREAT news for you, if not, I belong to an attorney network that you can use to fight this. With the right attorney, you will be able to establish a workable visitation schedule, but this first court appearance may be a big key for you.
The attorney I use in Cleveland is THE best you can get, but if you're someplace else. I'm glad to get you a top notch attorney in your area.
God bless ,and let me know if I can help you, cause that's what the Buckeye Nation does, I/we are here to help each other!!!
I am a family law attoreny in Cincinnati. Send me a message with your number and I will be happy to give you a call and talk things through initially.
From experience you need to get an attorney now instead of later when it might be too late or harder to get a better situation with your son. I am currently taking my ex-wife to court because she is trying to move my two kids to Cali from Texas with her new husband who is in the military and has orders to San Diego. We live about two miles apart now, so its definitely going to be a huge difference and I cant afford to relocate to Cali. When I got divorced (which I understand you arent going through) I agreed to the standard Texas joint custody laws without hiring an attorney to look out for my interests. But one thing I did not see in the divorce papers was the small paragraph added stating that there wasnt any geographical restrictions for her and the kids. Now, three years later, I am spending a fortune to try and stop her from moving my kids. So again, get a good attorney that like the other poster said, one that nows the judge or courts that will preside over your case. Familiarity and experience is worth paying for. Its your kids. Dont get just any attorney, do your research and request everything you want plus more. I pray for you man. I understand what you are going through. Stay strong. If you need to talk or whatever, just hit me up on here with a message. Good luck!
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Tell her she doesn't get to decide that.
I'm very sorry for your situation. Families coming apart involving kids are never good.
I'd start my search off by asking God to take care of it and allow him to guide you in the process. Things are more inclined to work out for the best that way.
Family court is not a fun thing. You are doing the right thing by searching for a lawyer. Its going to be a long and lengthy process but don't cave. You child is counting on you.
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This post was edited by shutupeddy99 22 months ago
Here are few suggestions regarding your case:
1. Find an attorney that primarily handles domestic relations cases (also referred to as "family law"). There are plenty of highly qualified attorneys who can handle your type of case; some attorneys will have speciality certification from the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) indicating that they've met certain accreditation requirements to carry this designation (it's helpful, but not absolutely necessary).
2. Interview a couple of attorneys (2-3) and see who you're most comfortable with in terms of attitude, approach and fees. As I've indicated above, there are plenty of highly regarded attorneys (at least in Franklin County) who can represent you. It's very important, however, that you hire legal counsel that YOU feel comfortable with; i.e., someone who you feel you can speak to freely and who actually listens to you. The attorney-client relationship will only be a successful one if you're comfortable.
3. Find an attorney who regularly practices in your jurisdiction. The venue (i.e., location) of your case will be determined based upon your minor child's residency. So if you're in Central Ohio, pick an attorney from the local area. There's no need to hire an attorney from Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, etc. because they won't be familiar with the nuances of the local court practice.
4. Maintain a diary of your possession schedule with your child. The simplest thing to do is to get a calendar and make a note of which days the child stays with you and which days the child is staying with his/her mother.
5. Keep a note of any instance(s) where you've asked for time with the child and it's been denied. One of the statutory factors that a court can look at when making a custody determination is which parent is most likely to encourage a health relationship with the other parent. In other words, if the mother denies contact with you then she's not acting in the child's best interests.
6. Consider mediation. The Franklin County Juvenile Court, for instance, has a program that allows unmarried parents who have separated to try to mediate custody disputes. Generally speaking, parents are better able and qualified to make decisions about their children than courts.
7. I would suggest that you at least consider a shared parenting agreement (what lay people refer to as joint custody). The shared parenting approach avoids an "all or nothing" type of outcome that leaves one of the parties very unhappy and might not be best for the child.
8. Based upon the fact that you're dealing with an infant child, I would suggest that the frequency of your visits are just as important (if not more so) than the duration of the visit. In other words, it's better to see the child for a few hours each day (or every other day) than to exercise visits over an entire (uninterrupted) weekend.
9. The mother's reluctance and discomfort with having the baby leave is not uncommon. By visiting on a more frequent basis, you can gradually ease her concerns by taking a more active parenting role with the child. You might start off with taking care of the child for a few hours at a time; then moving to overnights; and then to weekends (and so on). This should start as soon as possible and progression should occur fairly quickly--over weeks and a few months (any thing more extended probably is not fair to you).
10. Don't hesitate to initiate a court proceeding. Just because your seeking a formal court order that addresses custody/child support/visitation, it doesn't automatically mean that you need to start a lengthy and acrimonious custody case.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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