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Can courts deviate from the child support guidelines?

The Ohio child support guidelines provide family law courts with a mathematical computation for determining how much money parents should be obligated to pay in support of their kids. Many factors are considered when a court begins to evaluate the application of the guidelines to a family's legal case, including but not limited to the amount of money that each parent makes or could make if they were fully employed, the financial obligations the parents have to children not born of the marriage, and others.

Ohio recognizes grandparent visitation

A divorce can affect relationships beyond the one that is severed through the legal process. Connections between parents and kids can become strained, but so too can the more distant relationships between kids and their extended family members. For example, when parents go through a divorce and the kids are placed in the custody of just one of the parents, the grandparents on the other side of the family may find that their time with their beloved grandchildren is extremely limited.

Providing support for diverse family law needs

Although divorce is a relatively common legal occurrence in the courts of Ohio, our readers should be aware that each proceeding for the end of a marriage is unique. This is because every couple brings its own needs and expectations to the process, as well as the particular facts that made their marriage one-of-a-kind. For this reason, a divorce cannot be treated with a one-size-fits-all approach to representation. The parties should be recognized as individuals and provided with the support they need to address their distinct concerns.

Court rules kids need contact with both parents in celebrity case

This Ohio-based family law blog has discussed a number of topics related to child custody, paternity and the rights of parents to raise their kids in the wake of divorces and separations. Many of these topics turn on the important consideration of how children's needs and interests will be best served by the agreements and orders the courts approve for custody and support. Child custody agreements and orders can be changed, however, if circumstances warrant modifications for the benefit of the kids.

Child support and a parent's ability to pay

Recently a national news story may have reached the homes of Dublin residents that concerned a lawsuit between a man and his parents regarding his eviction from their home. The man is 30-years-old and had been living with his parents due to his allegedly impoverished financial situation. This individual is also a father and allegedly had been responsible for paying child support to his ex-partner on behalf of his 8-year-old son.

What is a post-decree modification?

When a couple in Ohio secures a divorce they emerge from the legal process with agreements or orders that have been approved by the presiding court. Those agreements or orders outline the terms of any responsibilities that the parties will continue to share into their post-divorce lives, such as matters related to spousal or child support, child custody or visitation. With court approval, those agreements or orders carry judicial weight and therefore possible sanctions if the parties fail to comply.

What child support enforcement penalties can Ohio parents face?

Child support is an important way for a non-custodial parent to maintain financial responsibility over the child and a significant way for a child who lives with only one of their parents to have the financial support they need to get by. However, it can become a serious legal matter when a parent stops pay court ordered child support.

Reasons that parental rights may be terminated

A person becomes responsible for their children by virtue of sharing their DNA with the kids and bringing them into the world. All across Ohio parents are working hard to make sure that their children receive the love and support they need to grow and thrive. Those are responsibilities that parents must meet in order to serve their children's best interests and their rights to keep their children in their homes are protected by their efforts to keep their kids safe.

Determining paternity and obtaining child support in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, a parent and child relationship is not defined by the marital status of the biological parents. It is instead defined as the existing legal relationship between the parent and child, regardless of marital status. This means that there is both a mother and child relationship as well as a father and child relationship.

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