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Child Custody Matters

Over the years, we have found that people frequently have misconceptions about what shared parenting is. Many believe shared parenting means a 50/50 split of the child's residence with no child support paid to either party.

Shared parenting can mean just about anything you want it to mean, but usually it means that both parents make all of the decisions regarding the children jointly. We will help you consider alternatives and develop a parenting plan that works for you and your children.

Our approach is to be very specific in the parenting plans we help you develop. When both parties clearly understand their rights and responsibilities, there is less cause for conflict. It is said that children do better when the conflict between the parents is reduced. Our goal is to develop agreements that work in the real world, not just on paper. Our experience in observing and solving many child-related disputes will help you avoid problems in the future by drafting documents that build in as much specificity as your situation requires.

While we are often successful in settling custody and parenting time issues outside of court, we are willing to take your case through mediation and before a judge, if necessary.

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Attorney Christopher Coleridge represents clients in Northeast Ohio including Canton, North Canton, Akron, Massillon, Alliance, Carrollton, New Philadelphia, Barberton, Stark County, Summit County, Tuscarawas County, Wayne County, and Carroll County.