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Ohio child custody sometimes leads to battle for parents

A couple seeking to end their marriage in divorce in Ohio often finds that there are many issues that must be negotiated as the process proceeds. For some, these negotiations include child-related matters such as child custody and support. These can be among the most contentious matters that separating spouses face as they work to end their marriage.

In one recent case that may be of interest to readers in Ohio, a couple is facing a child custody battle over the residence of their young daughter. In this international matter, the mother of the child left her native country and moved to our nation. The mother says that she and the girl's father agreed to the relocation; however, the father disagrees and is now seeking to have the child custody matter decided.

In this recent case, the mother of the child has been ordered by the court to submit the child's passport for the duration of the legal matter. The father of the child says that by moving to the United States, the mother violated an international treaty known as the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Now a federal court will make the decision as to which parent has child custody of the 3-year-old girl.

Though many child custody cases in Ohio do not include an international element, many have parents who each seek to have a child live with them. When this is the case, some couples are able to negotiate an agreement. However, in cases like this one when the parents are unable to make a determination as to the residence of a child and visitation schedules, a court must decide the child custody arrangement.

Source:, "Hearing planned in Iowa child custody case," Feb. 25, 2013

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