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Child Support Attorney in Georgetown, Ohio

After you have children, nothing else in the world matters more. You’ll do anything for your kids. Even when big changes happen in life like separation or divorce, you know that your commitment to them remains constant. This is why establishing child support right away is so important.

If you have children and are going through a divorce, or if you want to know more about modifying an existing child support arrangement, contact my office today to get started. At ​​Rachel V. Triplett, Attorney At Law, LLC, I’m committed to meeting the legal needs of my clients and helping them navigate all aspects of divorce and family law. If you’re in Georgetown, Ohio, or anywhere throughout Adams County and Brown County, and would like to speak with a family law attorney, call me today to schedule a consultation.

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Understanding Child Support in Ohio

When two parents divorce, they are still responsible for providing financial support for their children, regardless of who they are living with. Child support is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, though there are exceptions to this. If both parents agree to an amount of child support and it adequately meets the child’s needs, a judge will most likely approve the plan. However, if the couple cannot come to an agreement, the courts will step in.

Ohio has set its own guidelines on how child support should be determined, bringing in a number of factors such as how much time each parent has the child, the needs of the child, and the income of both parents. If the parents split custody, then typically the parent who earns more will owe money to the other parent, however, it may not be that much. The goal is always to support the child and ensure they’re provided for adequately at both houses — not that each household brings in the exact same amount of money.

When considering each parent’s income, the court will look at all earned and unearned income for the past three years which can include payments like unemployment, workers’ compensation, and disability benefits. Unfortunately, some parents will deliberately work less or not at all to lower their income so they won’t have to pay as much child support. In these cases, a judge may “impute income,” meaning they will assign that parent a certain level of income that they could be making and use that to calculate their support payments.

Modifying an Existing Arrangement

There are many reasons why you may need a child support modification. If one parent moves, remarries, has another child, or has a change in their employment, you may wish to negotiate payments with your co-parent. Again, if both parents agree to the new terms, the court will likely approve the modification. However, if the parents cannot agree and it’s been at least 36 months since your original arrangement, you can ask for an administrative review.

In certain circumstances, like a change to the child’s health needs or a significant change to your employment (such as being laid off or experiencing at least a 30% reduction in your income), you can request a modification earlier than 36 months.

Termination of Child Support

Child support usually ends when the child turns 18, but there are exceptions such as a child who is 19 but still in high school or a child who has a mental or physical disability. If you’re seeking termination of child support for other reasons, you must petition the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA).

How Skilled Counsel Can Help

Not every family will need the help of a child support lawyer, but if you find yourself unable to communicate with your co-parent, you may need help. Oftentimes, bringing an outside voice into the mix can help keep conversations on track and focused on what really matters — your children. An experienced attorney can also ensure that you're either paying or receiving a fair amount, and if your family’s circumstances change, the payments will reflect that.

Unfortunately, some custody and child support disagreements can get ugly, and it’s best to distance yourself from these as much as you can. I can be your advocate to help you navigate the filings and court proceedings, help with enforcing child support payments, or negotiate on your behalf with other attorneys, your co-parent, or the court.

Child Support Attorney
Serving Georgetown, Ohio

From my office in Georgetown, Ohio, I can provide skilled legal assistance on a number of family law issues, but perhaps the most important issues revolve around families who are trying to move forward after a divorce. At Rachel V. Triplett, Attorney At Law, LLC, my clients and their children are my number one priority, and I’ll stand up for you and for what’s right. Call today to set up a consultation.