Remember, you do not have to go through this challenging period alone. The supportive legal team at Garretson & Holcomb, LLC are committed to advocating for the best interests of you and your children so that you all may enjoy a more stable future.
Determining Child Custody Arrangements
If you and your ex are able to communicate in a civil and productive manner, you can negotiate a child custody plan with the help of your attorneys. This option allows you to minimize the time you spend in court, and many separating parents find that they feel more empowered by and satisfied with the process of creating the child custody plan together. Once you’ve drafted terms that you both endorse, it will be presented to the court for the judge to make a final approval. In most cases, the judge will honor your child custody plan. Of course, if you and your spouse are unable to see eye-to-eye, the judge will intervene and determine the details of the child custody arrangement.
Calculating Support Payments
Depending on the specifics of your case, a judge may order one spouse to make child support payments to the other parent. Usually, the non-custodial parent will make these payments in order to support the custodial parent with the costs associated with raising the child. There are many factors involved in how the judge determines whether child support payments are necessary, and how much these monthly payments should be. We will help you understand this process and advocate for an equitable arrangements that protects the interests of you and your child.
Additionally, we will assist you with the negotiation of spousal support (also known as alimony) payments. In many cases, a judge will order the higher-earning spouse to financially support the lower-earning spouse as they both transition to their new independent lives. Whatever your circumstances may be, we will work to ensure that the spousal support agreement remains equitable.
Pursuing Modifications When Necessary
Ohio courts recognize that change is an inevitable part of life. If you have an existing child custody, child support, or spousal support order in place, your circumstances may change and require that the terms of the existing order also be updated. Perhaps you’ve recently lost your job, making it impossible to afford paying child support. Or, perhaps you are moving farther away, so the visitation schedule needs to be altered. We can assist you with the modification process, so reach out to us today to learn more.
Committed to Excellence
With over sixty years of combined legal experience, the dedicated attorneys at Garretson & Holcomb, LLC are here to provide you with exceptional guidance. We know that matters relating to your children can be emotional, and that’s why we strive to serve each client with the respect and compassion they deserve during this challenging time. We are committed to defending your parental rights and helping you achieve a fair outcome. Our primary focus is on implementing sound legal strategies that help you and your children receive the support you need in order to approach the future with confidence.