Weirton, West Virginia Child Custody Attorney
Protecting the best interests of divorcing families throughout Ohio and West Virginia
Deciding who receives custody of a child is one of the most important decisions to be made during any legal separation or divorce. It can also be the most emotionally charged. At Isla Law Offices , we listen to all your concerns and set you on a practical course that emphasizes the best interests of your child.
Divorcing couples can find good solutions to sharing parenting time with their children. We clarify Ohio and West Virginia custody laws for you and help you identify what will work best for you and your family.
How does custody work in Ohio?
Custody laws vary slightly from state to state. In Ohio, custody can be awarded as joint custody or sole custody. Joint custody is also referred to as shared parenting. If you have more than one child, the court may, in some cases, award split custody, allowing each parent to obtain full custody over one child.
These are tough issues to negotiate between divorcing parents. But we can help you find solutions and work out the best option for your child. If a court judge needs to make the decision for you, we can handle every detail of the litigation and fight for your interests.
What is shared parenting in West Virginia?
West Virginia custody laws prefer a shared parenting arrangement over sole custody. Shared parenting allows a child access to both parents. There are two types:
- Basic shared parenting is an arrangement under which one parent keeps a child or children overnight for less than 35 percent of the year.
- Extended shared parenting is an arrangement under which each parent keeps a child or children overnight for more than 35 percent of the year.
In either type, both parents contribute to the child’s expenses, in addition to the payment of child support.
There is a lot at stake for you when dealing with child custody in West Virginia. We aim for amicable resolutions and help you draft a parenting plan that creates the least amount of upheaval in your child’s life.
Even after a divorce is settled, your circumstances can change. You or your former spouse may want to make changes to agreements, including custody. We are aware that the last thing you want to do is go back to court. We can help you, as we successfully helped a client with a custody modification in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Get the guidance you need for workable West Virginia child custody
We offer compassionate counsel and extensive experience to help you with your child custody decisions. Make an appointment for a free consultation with Roger A. Isla or at our Weirton office at 304.914.3573 or our Steubenville office at 740.264.3700 or contact Isla Law Offices online. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Weirton and is very accessible from anywhere in the West Virginia panhandle or eastern Ohio.