Reliable Custody & Support Issues Attorney Protecting the Interests of Ohio Clients
More often than not, the most difficult and contentious parts of Ohio divorces are the issues of child custody and support. It can be very trying for spouses who are not getting along particularly well to keep calm enough to negotiate and agree upon a plan for spending time with their children and financially supporting them. Whether your relationship with your soon-to-be-ex is amicable or not, Garretson & Holcomb, LLC is here to provide the legal support you need to get past this challenging time.
How is Child Custody Determined?
Determining the ins and outs of custody of your children can be accomplished in one of two ways. If you and your spouse are able to devise a plan on your own that you both agree to, the courts will almost always honor it. They will try to honor your parental rights until the point they feel the best interests of the children are in danger of disregard.
If you and your spouse cannot come up with a plan to which you agree, the presiding judge of your case will decide who be awarded custody and what the visitation schedule will be. They usually strive to split custody in an equitable way unless there are extenuating factors, such as abuse. If the children in question are old enough, their preferences may also be taken into consideration.
Who Pays Child Support?
Not all custody arrangements include child support. A judge typically orders one spouse to pay the other child support if the first spouse has not been granted custody of the children and therefore is not around to pay for things like food, shelter, clothing and shoes, school supplies, healthcare costs, and more. In these cases, a portion of your monthly income will be designated for child support and must be paid to your ex-partner.
Can Custody & Child Support Agreements be Modified?
It is possible for both child custody and support agreements to be modified, although only under very specific conditions. These conditions usually involve a large change in circumstances, such as loss of employment or moving to another state. If you wish to modify a family law agreement, we can help you provide enough evidence to justify the change.
The Importance of Quality Legal Counsel
When it comes to matters as sensitive and earnest as the care of your children, you owe it to yourself and them to secure dependable attorney counsel. Our legal team has over 60 years of combined experience in domestic relations and are eager to help you and your family move forward. We pride ourselves on truly listening to our clients and understanding their goals. Then we devise efficient strategies for accomplishing them with you. Let us help you overcome these difficult matters and get back to your life.