Even though many people believe judges give preference to mothers during child custody disputes, Ohio courts are actually supposed to treat both divorced parents equally.
In Ohio, child custody arrangements are not necessarily set in stone. In fact, they can often be modified or changed as needed. For instance, if there is a shared-parenting decree and both parents agree as to a specific modification, a court will typically approve the change unless it is not in the child's best interests.
In Ohio, a parent cannot just pick and move to another state with a child in tow if that child is subject to a shared-parenting arrangement - unless, of course, he or she gets consent from the other parent or approval from the court.
Being a dad is rarely easy, especially if you are a single father. Things can get even more complicated, however, if your ex-spouse or ex-girlfriend is not allowing you time with your child.
Divorce severs many of the physical and legal ties that bind you to your spouse. Following the end of your marriage, you'll no longer live in the same home, won't have joint banking or investment accounts and likely won't share the title to property anymore. Once the dust settles and the assets and debts have been divided, you will go your separate ways and could theoretically never see one another again. The same isn't true if you are parents, however.
When you and your child's other parent either separated or divorced, you likely drew up some sort of governing child custody arrangement. This arrangement may have been drawn up formally or informally, with or without the assistance of experienced family law attorneys. In the years since this arrangement was drawn up, your child has grown and your family life has almost certainly evolved. Because the needs of children tend to change over time, it is entirely possible that elements of your child custody arrangement no longer reflect your child's best interests.