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Legal Information: Ohio


July 12, 2023

What is custody?

In Ohio, when the judge issues a custody order, it will address these two parts of custody:

  • Physical custody, which is the physical care and supervision of a child. This is referred to as residential parenting in Ohio law.
  • Legal custody, which is the right to have physical care and control of the child and to make important decisions for the child, including where s/he lives.1

The custodian is the person who has legal custody of a child.2

1 Ohio Admin. Code 5101:2-1-01(B)(171)
2 Ohio Admin. Code 5101:2-1-01(B)(84)