Child Support

A divorce can have a major financial impact on a family, especially when it comes to caring for minor children. Child support is designed to alleviate that impact on children of divorce and protect their standard of living.

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Who Pays Child Support?

Generally, child support is paid from one parent to another in order to assist with the financial aspects of raising a child. These payments may be used for purchasing food, clothing, childcare, health insurance, and other living expenses for the child until they reach the age of 18 and graduate from high school.

As with many aspects of family law, child support is specific to each case. In fact, child support is not always necessary. In some situations, for example, a court may determine that a parent does not need to pay for child support. The joint income of the family or the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had his or her parents stayed together can be considered in determining child support. These factors may actually necessitate a support payment that exceeds what a simple child support calculation produces.

Reaching A Child Support Agreement

Just as you can reach an agreement on other terms of your dissolution or divorce, you can also agree on a child support amount. There are many factors to consider when determining the appropriate amount of child support, such as the parenting time schedule, the expenses of the child, the age of the child, as well as various factors specific to each situation. As with all issues in family law, if you cannot reach an agreement, you can ask the court to decide on child support for you.

In both Ohio and Kentucky, child support is calculated based on guidelines that generate an assumed amount. Factors include:

  • Salaries, wages, and bonuses
  • Spousal support
  • Social security benefits
  • Disability insurance benefits
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Parenting time schedule
  • Rental income, royalties, investment income, and trust income

If you are seeking child support, our Cincinnati divorce attorneys will present your financial needs as a parent and advocate for the rights of your child to receive support from your ex-spouse. We can also help if you believe your ex-spouse is attempting to obtain an unreasonable amount of support from you. We base our strategy on protecting the best interest of your children and ensuring their needs are adequately met.

Modifying Or Ending Child Support Payments

In most cases, child support obligations remain in effect until the child turns 18 and graduates from high school. However, child support may end earlier if the child is emancipated, or last longer if the child has a serious mental or physical disability.

Ensuring Children Of Divorce Are Properly Provided For

We represent parents going through a divorce, as well as unwed parents, including mothers and fathers from a range of economic and social backgrounds. Wagner & Bloch considers the whole picture to develop favorable options that make sense for you and your family.

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