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Dirty Ohio Custody Case Tricks to Watch Out For Part 1, by a Columbus Ohio Child Custody Lawyer

OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, COLUMBUS OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS IN OHIO, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS Virginia Cornwell is an Ohio Custody Lawyer and Ohio Custody Attorney.  She is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Family Relations Specialist, one of approximately 100 attorneys in Ohio to have received this honor.  
Our Ohio Custody Lawyers know that in custody litigation, people do not always play nice.  In fact, most of the time they will do nearly anything to win.  Unfortunately, the conflict can sometimes become more about “winning” over the other parent than what is in the best interest of the child.  This article is about some of the unfortunate, tactics (both directly aggressive and passive aggressive) that we see in Ohio custody cases.

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OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEYSDIRTY TRICK NO. 1: AVOIDING SERVICE.  People will go to great lengths to delay the inevitable, and step number one is avoiding service.  This can be especially devastating if you are trying to serve a restraining order on the party to prevent them from moving your child out of the state.  An experienced Ohio Custody Lawyer  will know the “tricks of the trade”, so to speak, and will be able to help you serve those papers on the opposing party and get your case rolling.

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OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEYS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERSDIRTY TRICK NO. 2: SHOWING UP AT THE FIRST HEARING AND ASKING FOR A CONTINUANCE TO GET AN ATTORNEY, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE ALREADY HAD WEEKS OR MONTHS TO DO SO.  The person who currently has the most legal rights over the child is not anxious for that to change, and is motivated to delay the proceedings.  This is one of the most common ways that they accomplish this.   An experienced Ohio Custody Lawyer can help you keep the opposing party from abusing this trick, although they may receive one continuance to obtain an attorney.

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OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEYS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERDIRTY TRICK NO. 3: FAILING TO PAY THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM, IN ORDER TO KEEP THE GAL FROM DOING THEIR JOB.  When a GAL begins their investigation, this represents the possibility of change.  For the party who does not want anything to change, this is a threat.  The GAL does not start work until they have been paid the fee, which is usually split in some fashion between the parties pursuant to the court’s order.  The party who sees the GAL as a threat sometimes delays or refuses to pay the GAL’s fee, with the result being the GAL does not begin work, and the process is delayed.  An experienced Ohio Custody Lawyer can advise you regarding how to deal with this problem and make sure the GAL starts work despite the other party’s resistance.

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OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEYS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERSDIRTY TRICK NO. 4: THREATENING THE CHILDREN.   This dirty trick is especially loathsome.  Most people do not threaten the children physically (although some do, unfortunately).  This is usually more of a psychological threat to the children, such as “if the court gives Daddy what he wants you won’t ever see Mommy again (or your dog, or your sister, etc.).  It is a terrible thing to do, for any reason, but unfortunately it happens all too often.  The threat is designed to sway what the children will say to the Guardian ad Litem or the Magistrate.  If this happens to you, your Ohio Custody Lawyer will know what to do, and you should tell them immediately.

 

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OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEYS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERSDIRTY TRICK NO. 5: HOPSCOTCH COUNSELLING.  Sometimes people put their child in counseling right around the time of litigation, in order to (hopefully) solicit some information from the child during counseling that will help their case.  This tactic is suspect if the need for counseling arose right around the time the litigation was initiated.  Then once the child has made a statement which the parent believes is detrimental to the other parent, the other parent is invited to attend counseling.  After that, with very little contact with parent B, and getting most of their information from Parent A, the parent who initiated counseling and has a litigation agenda, the counselor makes statements to the guardian ad litem, which the guardian ad litem almost always follows because the counselor is an “expert”.  Although counselors are not supposed to make recommendations regarding custody, as a treater, all to many of them do not know this, and will produce a letter supporting the agenda of the parent who sought them out and gave them most of their information (and is also pressuring the child).  Even more suspect is when the counselor is someone that the lawyer recommended.  Even more suspect than that is when Parent A did not get the desired result from the first counselor, so they move on to counselor B.

In this situation, it may be toxic for Parent B to become involved with the counselor at all.  Before having any contact with the counselor, Parent B should speak to his or her experienced Ohio Custody Lawyer and carefully plan his or her response to the situation.

 

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OHIO CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CUSTODY LAWYERS, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEY, OHIO CUSTODY ATTORNEYS, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER, OHIO CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEYNeed some help? We would be happy to schedule a consultation with you.  Please give us a call, and one of our Ohio Child Custody Lawyers will meet with you to discuss your case.

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Virginia Cornwell is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Family Relations Specialist.

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  1. T says

    I am trying to seek joint custodey of my two year old and I can’t afford any attorney, can you point me in the right direction?

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