How Do Child Support and Alimony Work in Ohio?
Obtaining the most favorable and effective child support or spousal support arrangement possible can be vital to your well-being or the well-being of your children following the end of a marriage. When undergoing a divorce or dissolution, the guidance of an experienced lawyer can be invaluable in ensuring that you receive the fair support arrangements you are entitled to under Ohio law.
At Smith, Illner & Gemelas Co. LPA, our Elyria, Ohio, child support attorneys offer advice to clients throughout the area. With more than 125 years of combined experience, and a detailed knowledge of Ohio child support and spousal support statutes, we work to help you ensure that any arrangements adhere to legal guidelines and your best interests.
Learn more: Ohio child support worksheet.
Detailed Child Support Guidance
While child support payment arrangements are largely based on Ohio statutes, it is important that you understand how these statutes apply to your unique situation. These statutes take several factors into account while determining support arrangements, including the income of both parents, the parenting arrangement and the number of children in question.
We take great care to help you understand how the guidelines can impact your future, and we offer advice on situations that may lead to deviations from Ohio guidelines, including:
- Additional expenses of parties
- Time spent with child
- In-kind contributions
- Economic situations
When these factors exist, we may be able to help you obtain a more favorable child support arrangement through amicable negotiation or by submitting a request to the courts.
Informative Spousal Support Advice
In the state of Ohio, no guidelines exist governing spousal support arrangements. In these cases, a payment amount is completely at the discretion of the courts and may hinge on several factors, including among others:
- The history of your marriage
- The length of your marriage
- The role each spouse played during the marriage
- The ability of each spouse to provide for themselves after the divorce
We work to help you understand potential spousal support rulings and create realistic goals to be pursued during negotiation or litigation.