Hamilton, OH asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio

Q: At what point in paperwork, during a complaint for custody, do you state all the reasons you want custody of your child?

My nephew is trying to file for custody of his 5 month old son and was given a packet of documents to read and fill out, then file. The docs include, motion for visitation, complaint for custody, complaint or custody change, affidavits and service notifications, etc. When and where does he state all his reasons and present evidence to support his claims. Does he do it with the initial filling? Should he file for court ordered visitation then go for full custody or should it all be done at the same time? This packet is confusing. The attorney he met with wanted $6000 initial payment and he does not have that and aside from the terms and definitions pages there really are not other instructions.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Your nephew can use the Find a Lawyer tab to call other lawyers to find one who he can afford and will work with him to assist in filling out the forms. Or your nephew can check with the court to find out if they have a legal clinic to assist those without an attorney.

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