Columbus Child Custody Attorney

Your Time With Your Children Is Precious — Protect That Right

Custody of the children can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Ohio requires that all decisions regarding child custody be made in "the best interests of the child," which in the state's view means that both parents participate in the raising of the children. If you are facing a long child custody battle, or if you are a non-married co-parent who wants visitation rights with your child, you need an experienced lawyer to help you protect your parental rights.

At Heagerty & Associates, we understand what your children mean to you and how easily your rights can be infringed upon. We work with you to help you secure and enforce those rights so you have the time you want with your children, whether you are the custodial or noncustodial parent.

Patrick J. Heagerty has been helping parents in Columbus and the surrounding areas establish and maintain parenting time agreements for more than 10 years and knows his way around the family court system. He will help you negotiate with your spouse or co-parent to find a reasonable agreement or make modifications to the current agreement, to suit the needs of all family members involved.

Child Custody And Parenting Time

In a divorce, each parent automatically has rights to time with his or her children. If the parents are not married, the mother automatically has parental rights but the father does not. She can prevent the father from seeing his child unless the father files for custody.

We work with you to determine your ideal child custody arrangement and see where compromises can be made, if required. We present this to your spouse or co-parent and handle negotiations or represent you in mediation. Once we reach an agreement we will draw up the necessary documentation and present it to the courts. If you and your spouse or co-parent are unable to agree on a parenting time arrangement, our attorney has years of trial experience and will bring your case to court.