When a couple in Ohio decides to end a marriage, the parties to that union may hope to start their lives over without any contact with their ex-spouses. This can be next to impossible if those parties share children. Child custody, visitation and child support may force parents to stay connected even when they have chosen to end their legal relationships with each other.

While child custody is often the focus of child-based divorce negotiations, child support is an important topic as well. As our readers may know, child support concerns the money that both parents contribute to the welfare of a child. When a child lives with one parent, that parent is expected to help pay for their needs. Their other parent, often called their “non-custodial parent,” generally must pay child support to help as well.

Child support may be computed based on many factors that relate to the parents’ financial situations and the children’s needs. What a child receives as support may not look the same as what another child received from the same court. Over time, a child’s support needs may alter as their educational or extracurricular costs increase. Child support may be modified through court order.

Without enough money to raise a child, a custodial parent may struggle to meet that child’s most basic needs. At our law firm, we do our best to advocate for parents and children who are fighting to get the support they deserve. We work with our clients to attempt to ensure that their needs are met and to change the support orders and agreements that may be limiting how they live. The family law options may be plentiful when to comes to parents who need to address their child support needs.