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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My Daughter is trying to get her ex boyfriends name off her apartment lease. He hasn't lived there for almost a year.

She has had major problems with him she finally got his key back and absolutely nothing in the apartment is his. They are going to be going through a custody battle come November and she needs to get on assistance for insurance for the child and she can't until his name is off the lease.... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 13, 2021

If she doesn't have an attorney, she should use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to assist her with the custody and child support issues, and communicate with the landlord about the problem. with the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: How can I get Divorce, custody, child / spousal support help?

Hi, I'm a stay at home mom to 4 kids including a breastfed infant. My husband works 12 hours a day and 3 days off, but is not present when home as he smokes weed outside for hours on end. Or he's asleep because of medical issues and can't be woken up. I have a support system and do... Read more »

William Lehner
William Lehner answered on Jul 5, 2021

You should talk privately with a divorce lawyer. Don't be afraid. From what you said, it is most likely that it is in the best interest of the children for them to be with you. A Guardian Ad Litem can be appointed who would probably say that the kids should not be with a pot head. He would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: My kids Dad took me to court for custody when I left the abusive relationship I could not afford a lawyer. He was given

He was awarded custody and lied about everything . He never took the kids to live with him. That was Feb 2020. I was ordered to pay support. I have the kids 90% of the time. I’m currently being treated for stage 2 breast cancer. I’m unable to get a job until I finish chemo and recover from... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 30, 2021

Check with your local domestic relations court to find out if they have a legal clinic to help those without an attorney. The forms you need are available on line. Also use the Find a Lawyer tab to call around to local family law attorneys. You might find one to work with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: My husband left me. I want the kids to live with me. What do I do?

Together seven years. Married two. I've been an at-home-parent most of that time. I am looking for work, but currently unemployed.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 9, 2021

You can file for divorce and ask for child support and spousal support. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Can I get a divorce attorney that is court appointed
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 24, 2021

Courts do not appoint attorneys for divorce cases -- that's only for criminal cases. The spouses get their own attorneys and pay for them. It is not required to have an attorney for a divorce, but it is recommended. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact some local attorneys and select one to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I been to jail 5to6 time for the same charge.om my child support.lost my jobs because of jail.and no one will work with
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 13, 2021

I'm sorry your question was cut off. If you're trying to find an attorney you can always check with a local bar association, the State bar, or even the Find a Lawyer tab on this webpage.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I live with my Aunt and Uncle, but my Aunt has full custody over me. She is very toxic and mainly Verbally Abusive

But i cant prove she is abusive. Ever since she got custody of me at i think the age of 3, there has never been any love and its always been basically hell. When i was younger i was constantly grounded and had to stand up with my nose pressed against a fridge for days or months on end. Because of... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 10, 2021

Never trust people you meet on-line - even though they seem nice. Those kinds of things end up as tragedies on the news -- or else somebody disappears and is never heard from again. Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about the situation at home and the people you met on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: Does my husband have to pay child support if the child's mother went on Vacation to Puerto Rico and decided to stay?

My husbands children are 27 and 28 years old. When he was with the mother of the children she decided to go to Puerto Rico while she was pregnant and stayed there without his consent and had the child in Puerto Rico. He said he tried back then to establish child support and it was very difficult.... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 16, 2021

Sounds like some entity is trying to collect support from him. You need to retain a local attorney to determine if the order is valid.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I’m 19,dad doesn’t support me at all except for the house. He wants to kick me out but I’m in college at home. Can he?

Please help... I just want to be able to live independently without him. I pay for food, drinking water, my phone,car,insurance, and college. Can he kick me out or are there any options I can use to benefit me. I’m struggling in this toxic household. I work so hard....

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 7, 2021

Yes, he can get you out. Parents do not have a duty of support when you reach age 18. If you do not have a written lease agreement, then the home's owner can give you written notice to vacate, and if you don't leave, can file an eviction. There currently is a CDC moratorium on... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: Can a mother refuse to let the father see his kids without her present?

The father pays child support but the court did not set a visitation schedule due to the mother not showing up for court. She will let him see the kids but only when she wants and she has to be there the whole time. He can't even take the kids out to the park or do anything with them. She only... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 2, 2021

If the mother and father are not married, and a court has not granted father parental rights or visitation, then the mother has sole legal custody and can prohibit contact with the father. Payment of child support is a separate issue. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Not married but want to separate with one child.

We've been together for 13 years with a daughter whos 11. I want to separate from him for cheating. Do I automatically get custody of our daughter and will I get child support? I've been disabled since 2012 and get ssd. I haven't worked since 2012. I need help.

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Mar 11, 2021

Because you are not married, yes, you have custody by law. Father can seek shared parenting, custody, and/or parenting time through the court. You will need to file for child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I get child support stopped?

I have three children ages 12, 8, and 5. Current child support order. No court visitation schedule. Dad is harassing me. Threatening me. Telling me if I do not drop support order "I will see what happens. Children barely see him. I tried to go through child support they said only way they... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Mar 5, 2021

Do you really believe he will not bother you if you drop support? If so, and you want to do this, either you or he would have to file a motion to modify support. You can agree to do so, unless you are receiving government assistance.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I had a dissolution in 2017. We agreed to no child support for either of us. Can she take me back to court for support?

We agreed in our dissolution, to no child support. She came to me shortly after that, and demanded I paid her. So I have been paying support, since then, though I was not ordered by any court to do so, so she wouldn’t move my child a long distance from me. Now she has brought up going through the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 4, 2021

Yes, she can file to have a child support order issued. Even after a marriage terminates, the court retains jurisdiction to review child support issues until the child is 18 or graduates high school. Ohio uses a calculation worksheet. Here is a link where you can enter amounts and get a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My son is 15. I'm wanting a 50/50 agreement. Do I need to file a motion to modify custody, or just visitation?

We currently have a shared parenting agreement. I have him twice a week after school until 8 and every other weekend. We split all holidays and breaks from school. But the magistrate said she still considers it basically standard visitation, and the mother the primary guardian or custodial parent,... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Mar 2, 2021

Yes, you should file to modify parenting time. It would be best to have an attorney assist you in how best to present your arguments. You will probably want to ask the magistrate or judge to interview him on what time he’d like with you.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I would like advice before going to child support court. My son's father was jailed for domestic violence on me

Will I need to be prepared to be questioned about this in court?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Feb 25, 2021

The domestic violence case is not relevant unless the father lost his job due to being jailed. If so, then you need to let the court know this was from an assault on you, the mother, and he needs to continue to support his children.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I make $960 per month. My ex is asking for $940 a month in child support. Would a judge grant that?

We share custody. Judge said I don't have to pay child support which is documented in the parenting agreement, which she won't sign. Without that signed agreement, she is looking to have custody changed to the standard of 1-day a week and every other weekend. When I have been present his... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Feb 23, 2021

Glad you received equal time. Not sure how you were ordered to pay $774 per month, if you earn $940 per month. You may want someone check the numbers.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: If i agreed to terminate child support and now the father is not helping with anything can I refile?

The father of my child and I had gotten back together trying to work things out, we filed an "agreed entry" with the courts stating that we agree to do what's best for the child and he would pay zero support. We did not work out we are no longer together and he is not doing whats... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 20, 2021

You can always refile, and then the financial situation will be reviewed based on current financial circumstances. Check with the child support enforcement agency, or use the Find a lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Friend involved in a very messy divorce in Ohio. They were suppose to negotiate a dissolution, but when he wouldn’t

agree to all of her demands and he finally found evidence of her adultery, she filed for divorce. For 4 months since, it has been hell. She started arguments and then blames him, she refused to let him back in the house when they were suppose to be taking turns, has bashed him on all social media... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Jan 17, 2021

Your friend should discuss his attorney for his plan & time frame. He may also wish to obtain a second opinion on how to proceed. It is very difficult to provide more without knowing more details on the case and orders.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: Me and the mother of my son were not married and she is keeping my son from me .. she stated she just wants my money!

I want visitation but there is no way the mother can provide and comply to any visitation order. She can’t support the child financially and her mother loves with her and takes care of the children.. do I have a chance to gain custody of my son?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 5, 2021

If you can prove paternity, then the juvenile court can order a parenting schedule giving you time with the child and determine the custody. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Q: If ex and I both agree in writing can I pay child support directly to her instead of having it garnished from paycheck?

Ex and I both agree paying child support would be easier if I just transfer funds from my bank account directly into hers as this is what we have been doing during our separation. Can this be done if we both agree in writing in our divorce agreement? Or does child support have to be garnished from... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Dec 21, 2020

If the parties are in agreement, direct pay can be written into the Decree. The specificity as to amount, due date, and length are essential terms. I suggest a lawyer to draft the appropriate language to consider other safeguards, but it is appropriate with the minimum terms.

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