Can my child decide who they want to live with in an Ohio divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2023 | blog, divorce |

In an Ohio divorce, one of the most critical aspects to consider is the custody arrangement for any children involved. Parents often wonder if their child can choose which parent they want to live with during the divorce process.

By understanding the factors that influence custody decisions, you can better prepare for the process and work towards the best outcome for your family.

The child’s preference

In Ohio, the court may consider the child’s preference when determining custody arrangements, but the child’s wishes do not dictate the final decision. The court will evaluate various factors to determine the best interests of the child, which is the ultimate goal in custody decisions.

The child’s preference carries more weight if the child is older and can express their reasons for their choice. However, the court will still consider other factors to ensure that the child’s best interests are met.

Other factors considered in custody decisions

Aside from the child’s preference, Ohio courts will consider several other factors when determining custody arrangements. These factors include:

  • The mental and physical health of both parents
  • The ability of each parent to provide a stable and loving home environment
  • The child’s relationship with each parent and any siblings
  • The ability of each parent to cooperate and communicate effectively in co-parenting the child
  • The child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community

By considering these factors, the court aims to make a decision that supports the child’s well-being and ensures that they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents.

Parents should focus on creating a stable and nurturing environment for their child, cooperating with the other parent and addressing any concerns the child may have during the divorce process.