Nothing is more important to a parent than his or her children. Unfortunately, in today’s world, it is becoming increasingly expensive for a parent to raise their kids. This expense is meant to be shared between both the mother and the father. Unfortunately, there are times when one parent does not hold up their end of the financial bargain. In such situations it may be necessary to take legal action. Our Dayton child support lawyers have over forty years of combined legal experience and take pride in the service they provide to those in our community. We are able to assist you with all aspects of your case. Contact us today to speak with an attorney.
Dayton attorneys helping to make sure that Ohio’s child support guidelines are followed
Ohio bases child support on a formula which considers the income of each parent, the number of children the parties have together, and other factors. Support will then be set pursuant to a schedule that is produced by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. While the following of a written support schedule may seem straightforward, complications can arise. These complications can include disputes as to what a parent’s true income is. A parent may be “underemployed” or otherwise understating their earnings. Likewise, a parent’s income may seem to be more than it actually is, due to a one-time event or outdated circumstances. A key area of dispute in such matters tends to be the true amount of each parent’s earnings.
Support will be set as part of a child custody Order. This order can come either as part of a divorce or through separate custody proceedings. The key to dealing with support is, again, to accurately demonstrate the income of each parent. The discovery process will allow your attorney to obtain their bank statements, pay records, business documents, and evidence related to their efforts to earn money. If the Court finds that a parent is intentionally earning less than what they are capable of, then the Judge may rule that they are underemployed. Under this scenario, the Judge may set support at a level commensurate with that parent’s earning potential. How the Court will rule, in any given situation, is always going to depend on the specific facts of the case. It is, therefore, important that you retain experienced counsel to assist you.
Our Dayton child support lawyers assist parents in ensuring that the state’s guidelines are properly followed. At your initial consultation, we will help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. We will quickly file any necessary Motions with the Court. Our counsel have over forty years of combined legal experience and are familiar with the type of discovery necessary in such matters. We will work to ensure that the Court handles your matter in a way which is fair and equitable. We are ready to assist you. Contact us online or by telephone.
Dayton attorneys assisting southwest Ohio residents with child support adjustments
A parent’s obligation to provide for the child lasts for years. During this time, it may be necessary to adjust a child support obligation due to changes in one’s circumstances. Such changes can include an increase or decrease in income. If you are in need of a child support adjustment, our attorneys are able to assist you. We strive to provide the highest levels of service and are honored to serve the community.
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