What Parenting Specialists Evaluate in Divorce Proceedings
The end of your marriage can be particularly painful for your children. If you live in the Cincinnati area and you’re facing divorce or dissolution, it is important to work with a knowledgeable attorney who can help preserve your rights and help you protect the best interests of your children.
Some Ohio counties, including Hamilton and Clermont, have parenting departments with parenting specialists. These parenting specialists evaluate a variety of factors about both parents and their children, and furnish the court with a detailed written report to aid the court in deciding how to allocate the rights and responsibilities involving the children between the spouses in the way that will be in the children’s best interests.
The parenting specialist will visit you and your children to observe your interaction, as well as visiting with your spouse and your children.
After meeting with you and your children and talking with other people who may have relevant information that could be helpful in determining the parenting allocation that will be in your children’s best interests, the parenting specialist will prepare and submit to the judge presiding over your case a written report. This report will address various factors that the law requires the court to consider when it is called upon to make a custody decision.
In addition, the report is likely to conclude with a recommendation by the parenting specialist on how the spouses’ respective parental rights and responsibilities should be divided, given the children’s best interests. Although the parenting specialist’s report is not legally binding on the court, it may have a very significant influence on the court’s final decision.
If you’re considering divorce, or you’re already in the midst of the divorce process, and you have children, please contact the Law Office of John Heilbrun or call 513-321-3940 today to schedule your personal consultation. Mr. Heilbrun welcomes clients from Hyde Park, Blue Ash, Lebanon, and other areas of Greater Cincinnati.