Child Support & Alimony in Ohio
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If you are involved in a divorce, dissolution, or paternity case, you may be wondering whether you will be entitled to—or required to pay—child support or alimony. This is always a key concern for spouses/parents as they approach this process and can have a significant effect on the future of their finances.
At Plymale & Dingus, our experienced Columbus family lawyers provide skilled counsel and vigorous representation to clients who are concerned about the child and spousal support. We understand how important these determinations are for our clients and can ensure that their needs and concerns are giving the consideration they deserve both in and outside the courtroom.
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Pursuing a Fair Child Support Calculation
Under Ohio’s child support guidelines, a formula is used to calculate the supporting parent’s obligation in most cases. This formula is based on factors such as each parent’s income, the number of children each parent supports, and the payment of health insurance premiums and child care costs. Child support may also vary depending on how child custody is allocated.
The biggest issue in child support cases is making sure the numbers that are inputted into the formula are correct, which usually requires investigating your spouse’s claims about income. Also, in some cases, state law allows deviations from the standard formula. For a deviation to be approved, there needs to be a specific reason such as an additional expenditure that one parent has agreed to take on for the child’s benefit.
Alimony in Ohio
In addition to child support, a divorce decree or dissolution settlement may require one spouse to pay alimony—also known as spousal support—to the other. Alimony payments can be temporary or permanent depending on the underlying circumstances.
The most important factors affecting whether one party has to pay alimony are the length of the marriage and the differences between the spouses’ incomes or earning abilities. The lawyers at our firm are experienced at sorting out all of these issues and protecting our clients’ interests in child and spousal support determinations.
Backed by more than 70 years of combined experience, we're ready to help you handle your child support and/or alimony matter. Call Plymale & Dingus at (614) 418-6460 today.