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Ohio Child Custody Laws

Determining child custody is one of the most contentious and emotionally difficult aspects of separating from your child's other parent. Each state has its own laws regarding the types of custody arrangements the court may award, as well as the factors that are considered in making child custody determinations.

Judges in most states, including Ohio, must settle on a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child when making a ruling. Ohio child custody laws adhere to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).

This article provides a brief overview of child custody laws in the state of Ohio.

Ohio Child Custody Laws: At a Glance

Some of the basics of Ohio child custody laws are listed below. See FindLaw's Child Custody section to learn more.

Code Section

§ 3109.04 et seq. of the Ohio Revised Code

Year Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Adopted


Joint Custody an Option?

Yes, § 3109.04(A)

Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?

Yes, § 3109.051

Child's Own Wishes Considered?


Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Get Legal Help with Child Custody

If you and your domestic partner are separating, you might not agree on how the child custody arrangement should look. There are many factors to consider in these determinations, but the court's primary concern will be the child's own best interests. One of the best ways to get a handle on the process is to seek guidance from an experienced family law attorney.

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