When it comes to child support in the state of Ohio, the courts don’t take sides. They do what is in the best interest of the child. Under state law, it is the responsibility of both parents to provide food, clothing, shelter, education and health care for their offspring. Child support is not an obligation that should be dodged by either parent. It is a legal determination that will effect all parties for years to come. DUI Akron offers solid legal counsel for clients with children. The best situation is when parents come to an agreement on their own. Either way, our family law attorneys can facilitate the process and ensure that child support is in writing and certified.
Determining Child Support Amount
When a judge determines child support amounts, it assesses the income of both parents along with the child’s needs. Support can come in various forms. Child support can be direct care or a financial payment to the custodial parent. The court will consider the best interests of the child, standard of living that the children and custodial parent are accustomed to, sources of income and assets between both parents. Other financial obligations may also be considered by the courts. Child support orders are valid up to 18 years. It is imperative that you get it right the first time.
Modifying Child Support Orders
While child support orders are valid up to 18 years, they can be modified at any time. If a parent receives a promotion or demotion, a petition for modification can be filed. When a parent loses or gains employment, the same can occur. If the child requires medical attention, athletic training or academic support, the support order can be modified in favor of the child. At the end of the day, the court wants to ensure that the state does not bear the burden. Contact DUI Akron for child support assistance. Our family law attorneys can help with negotiation, modifications, drafting and representation.
Enforcing Child Support from Another State
Life happens and a parent may find themselves moving to Ohio for enhanced opportunities and peace of mind. The state of Ohio supports you in this endeavor. Legislation was promulgated to support the parent in the interest of the child. If you have a child support order from one of the contiguous states, we can help. Ohio courts will enforce the order under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, also known as the UIFSA. We can also assist with a modification if the needs of the child or financial circumstances have changed. Our family law attorneys can also assist with collecting delinquent child support payments.
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