When making an allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (custody) for the care of children in Ohio, the court shall take into account that which will be in the best interest of the children. Ohio Rev. Code 3109.04(B)(1). The “best interest” factors considered by the Court include: (a) wishes of the parents; (b) child’s wishes; (c) child’s interaction with parents, siblings and other person who may significantly affect the child; (d) child’s adjustment to home, school and community; (e) mental and physical health of the parents; (f) parent most likely to honor visitation; (g) whether either parent has failed to hour parenting visitation schedule… Ohio Rev. Code 3109.04(F)(1).
If you are a non-parent contemplating litigating a custody case in Ohio it is important that you understand.