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Medina County Legal Custody Attorney

What does a Medina County legal custody attorney do?  In Ohio, it is usually a request from the court to “allocate parental rights and responsibilities” or when modifying an existing custody order, “reallocate parental rights and responsibilities.”  If a parent is granted custody in a divorce, dissolution, annulment, legal separation or parentage case, that parent is named the residential parent and legal custodian of the child.  If shared parenting is granted, both parents are the residential parents, but one will be the residential parent for school purposes, which means the child will go to school in the district in which that parent resides.  Shared parenting does not necessarily mean equal time or support, but simply means that both parents share equal responsibilities.

Even when the domestic relations court grants custody to one parent, the court retains the right to make determinations on parental rights and responsibilities, if it is in the child’s best interest to do so.  In other words, the court has continuing jurisdiction to modify their custody orders.

Legal custody is not limited to domestic relations court.  Legal custody of a child can be obtained in juvenile court.  In Medina County and Summit County, the juvenile court handles legal custody cases filed by non-parents.  Wayne County handles all legal custody cases filed to obtain custody of children with parents who have never gotten married.  All three counties’ juvenile courts handle abuse, neglect and dependency cases, in which interested parties can file for legal custody.


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If you are looking for a Medina Legal Custody Attorney in Wadsworth, Attorney Gigiano is located in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he regularly practices family law in Medina County, Summit County and Wayne County.  If you have questions about this or other questions you need answered by an experienced Orrville legal custody attorney near Rittman, please call Attorney Daniel F. Gigiano at 330-336-3330.