Child Support

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Posted Date:May 6, 2016 | Categories: , ,


Alternate dispute resolution (ADR) can take many forms, but one widely cited definition from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University is that an alternative dispute resolution is “any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom.” In family law matters, pursuing an ADR can spare loved ones the time, expense, and emotional hardship of a lengthy court trial. ADRs also usually yields outcomes that all parties to a dispute find more equitable and acceptable.

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Custody and Visitation in Non-Divorce Cases

Posted Date:May 2, 2016 | Categories: ,

The standard judges use when issuing child custody and visitation orders in divorce cases is the best interest of the child. When determining which arrangements meet that standard, the judge considers statements by both parents, reports from court officers who conducted home visits and family interviews, and opinions from experts like social workers and teachers. The custodial relationship that best meets the child’s needs for physical safety, health, education, and opportunities for succeeding later in life is assigned by the judge. Visitation rights are granted to the noncustodial parent based on how time spent with the visiting parent will help the child grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

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Are Only Biological Parents Entitled to Child Support?

Posted Date:April 22, 2016 | Categories:


A biological, or birth, parent, probably has the easiest case to make for retaining child custody and receiving child support payments following a divorce, but that is not the only situation that can occur. First, child support can also be requested following a separation, an out-of-wedlock birth, and an adoption.

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Preparing Your Children for a Divorce

Posted Date:April 15, 2016 | Categories: , ,


No matter how necessary and beneficial in the long term, a divorce creates stress and challenges that can only be minimized, never avoided. The end of a marriage can be especially tough on the children, who may blame themselves for their parents’ problems and may respond in unhealthy ways to sudden changes in their family life and living situations.

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How to Receive the Child Support You Deserve

Posted Date:March 15, 2016 | Categories:

Receive Child Support

  Receiving child support following a divorce or breakup requires establishing the need for and amount of the payments, as well as enforcing a court’s order against the noncustodial parent. While reading the following details of establishing and enforcing child support payments, keep in mind that Ohio law allows both men and women to seek support. Also, a person can be ordered to financially support a child until the age of 18 even if he or she never married the custodial parent.

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How Long do Disabled Children Get Child Support?

Posted Date:February 29, 2016 | Categories:

Disabled Children Child Support

Generally, child support is payable until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school, whichever is later.  If parents agree, support can extend to college years, but this must be formalized in your child support agreement.

For disabled children who are not expected to be self-sufficient by their 18th birthday, special rules apply. Child support can be ordered by the court to extend beyond the child’s 18th birthday for a disabled child, but it must be requested prior to the 18th birthday. How long the child support may be requested depends on the child’s ability to become independent.

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How Can Child Support Be Modified?

Posted Date:February 26, 2016 | Categories:

Modified Child Support

There are times when changing situations demand changing negotiated agreements such as child support. Ohio law establishes child support based on a fairly complex set of guidelines   that start with the parents’ combined incomes. Either party may petition the court to modify the current child support order. If you or your spouse has experienced a change in circumstances amounting to ten percent income or more – either up or down – you may be able to apply for child support modification.

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Relocation of a Parent and Child Support

Posted Date:February 1, 2016 | Categories:

Child Support Relocation

When a custodial parent wishes to relocate outside of Ohio, that parent must get the consent of the court or of the other parent. The parent wishing to relocate files a notice of intent to relocate. The notice is filed with the same court that granted the divorce. The court then sends the notice to the other parent, who may then file a motion objecting to the move.

The court may hold a hearing based on the objection of the other parent, or the court may wish to hold a hearing even in the absence of an objection. The parent wishing to relocate needs to prove that this move would be in the best interests of the child or children.

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How Do Courts Determine the Amount of Child Support You’ll Receive

Posted Date:September 7, 2015 | Categories:

Amount of Child Support

In Ohio, child support is calculated by a formula written into the state law. The formula combines both parent’s gross income, less certain deductions such as other child or spousal support paid, local income tax, and mandatory work-related deductions such as union dues and uniform fees.  This total then is applied to a chart and the combined parental income determines how much is needed to raise a child annually based on the parent’s combined income.  Then the paying, or non-custodial, parent will pay his or her share of the charted amount.

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Bill Lineberry

Posted Date:July 15, 2015 | Categories:

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Ed worked with Jessica Wood throughout the case. Jessica was knowledgeable and kept me updated as things progressed. I always felt as though Jessica and Ed were completely in sync and had everything prepared. I completely trusted Ed and Jessica and they did everything they said and things went as they described.

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