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Child Custody : Parental Custody

Resources at the Hamilton County Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Hamilton County Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (513) 946-5300. If you have any questions about these materials.

About This Guide

This guide is intended to give some basic information on child custody in Ohio.

Disclaimer: Hamilton County Law Library staff, as a service to its patrons, provides reference services and information, including these research guides. To protect the public interest, Ohio law requires that legal advice and services be rendered only by qualified attorneys who are subject to the guidelines of the courts. Library staff members do not interpret the law, provide legal advice, or explain court procedures. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. None of our services shall be construed as giving legal advice.

Ohio Law

Below you will find some of the sections of Ohio Revised Code that govern child custody.

O.R.C.3019: Children

O.R.C. 3109.03: Equality of parental rights and responsibilities

O.R.C. 3109.04: Allocating parental rights and responsibilities for care of children - shared parenting

O.R.C. 3109.042: Custody rights of unmarried mother

O.R.C. 3109.051: [Effective 1/1/2014] Parenting time - companionship or visitation rights

O.R.C. 3109.06: Certification to juvenile court.

O.R.C. 3111:  Parentage

O. R.C. 3127: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act

Subject Guide

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