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Wadsworth child support lawyerOne of the many things you must think about and plan for when you get divorced is how your children will be supported once you are no longer married. Custody arrangements can vary, but your child will probably be dividing their time between both parents, which means the costs associated with raising the child will fall on the parent who the child spends the most time with. When this happens, child support is awarded and paid by the non-residential parent to the residential parent. This financial help ensures the child is receiving the standard of living he or she deserves.

Determining Eligibility For Payments

According to Ohio law, any court that issues a shared parenting order will also issue an order of child support, which requires a parent to make support payments. Ohio has a formula and table that is used to determine the amount of child support that will be paid. The law says these methods will be used to determine child support obligations, unless there are “extraordinary circumstances of the parents” that would cause the payments to not be in the best interests of the child. These circumstances may include:

  • The amount of time the child spends with each parent;
  • The ability of each parent to maintain adequate housing for the child;
  • Each parent’s expenses, including child care, school tuition, medical expenses, and dental expenses; and
  • Any other circumstance that the court deems relevant.

The laws also state that formulas for child support payments only apply to parents whose combined income is more than $6,600 or less than $150,000 annually.


Brunswick divorce lawyersIf you have children and you are considering a divorce, you are almost certainly wondering how your divorce will impact the lives of your children. You probably know that most children are resilient are usually able to adapt fairly easily to their new, post-divorce life, but when it is your children who are involved, it may be difficult to keep that in mind. It will also be challenging to break the news about your divorce to them. Discussing divorce is almost always tough, especially with your children, but family and relationship experts have some helpful advice about how to manage the conversation.

Present a Unified Front

The initial discussion about your divorce is important, and it should be treated as such. Set aside a specific time without distractions to have the conversation. Turn off the television, put cell phones on silent, and make it a point for you and your spouse to be present and engaged.


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financial support for their children

Parents have an obligation to provide financial support for their children, whether they are married, unmarried, or divorced. In most cases, a non-custodial parent will be obligated to pay child support to provide for children's basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, and shelter. One additional expense that can become a factor in determining child support is the cost of a child's education.

Meeting Children's Educational Needs

One of the aims of child support is to provide a similar financial situation to that of a child with married parents. In addition to a parent's child support obligations, they may also be required to contribute to children's educational expenses, which can include the following:


A Michigan man accused of mixing chemicals

A Michigan man accused of mixing chemicals while making “threats against America" on a Greyhound bus was sentenced Friday by Medina Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler.

Michael Walker, 58, of Traverse City, Mich., pleaded no contest Friday to disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. Prosecutors agreed to drop two additional charges: attempted arson and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.


property division

In the US, there are essentially two methods for distributing the marital property of a couple that is dissolving a marriage—community property and equitable distribution. There are only a handful of community property states, most notably California, where the marital property is divided on a 50-50 basis. Ohio is in the majority of states that use equitable distribution, where property may or may not be divided equally. The applicable Ohio statute is ORC §3105.171 where the courts will look at number of factors in dividing marital property on an equitable basis.

Equitable distribution may mean “equally" in many cases where there are assets that both parties shared in or contributed in some fashion to its growth. An example is deposits to a retirement or pension fund that are made during the marriage term, which a court will generally divide equally. In other cases, however, the court will award one party a greater share of the marital assets to compensate for significant disparities in their financial condition.

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