Toledo Child Support Lawyer
Detailed advice for custodial and noncustodial parents
Two areas that can cause the most discord in any divorce or breakup are children and finances. Child support involves both, so it is no surprise that it leads to hard questions and can trigger difficult emotions. At Mock Law, L.P.A., in Toledo, I focus on answering my clients’ questions about child support so they can find solutions that protect everyone’s rights. As a family law attorney and clinical social worker, I am well equipped to resolve the issues facing you and your children.
Ohio attorney explains how child support is determined
If you are going through a divorce or legal separation, or even if you were never married to your co-parent, you are obligated to support your children. The amount you must pay is based on a formula set forth in Ohio’s child support guidelines. Factors can include:
- Parental income — The amount that each parent earns is the key element in the Ohio formula.
- Childcare costs — Expenses for day care or other types of child supervision are considered.
- Medical insurance — This can be a major cost for parents and is appropriately included in child-support calculations.
The judge can allow deviations from the formula to ensure that child support reflects the reality of the situation and the child’s best interest.
Why having an experienced child support lawyer is important
Child support determinations involve much more than plugging numbers into a formula. An experienced family lawyer can ensure that accurate information is being used and that the arrangement accurately reflects the situation. Simply put, you do not want to go to court for child support without a lawyer who knows what he or she is doing. An experienced attorney advocates for childcare expenses and can help maximize your position.
Establishing payment arrangements when parents share custody
Shared parenting does not necessarily mean that each parent has physical custody of the child 50 percent of the time. Even if the custody arrangement is 50–50, a significant disparity in the parents’ income could still result in child support being awarded. It’s important to remember, first and foremost, that child support is about the children. It is not for the parent, and it should not be viewed as something to compete over.
Assistance with child support modification and enforcement
If you, the other parent or your children have a material change in circumstances, you can seek a modification of the support rate. The most common reasons for child support modification are related to employment, such as a parent losing a job or receiving a significant promotion. Should your co-parent fail to abide by their obligation, my firm can immediately petition the court to enforce the child support order.
Contact a knowledgeable Toledo lawyer for help in a child support case
Mock Law, L.P.A. represents clients throughout Northwest Ohio in child support matters as well as other divorce, family law and elder law matters. Please call 567-200-3573 or contact me online to schedule a meeting at my Toledo office. My phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.