Q: Brown County, OH. Dissolution and child support.
We're trying to do this without a lawyer. We agreed on everything already, will be splitting time with children equally. She doesn't want child support so do we have to fill out the paperwork for child support in the shared parenting plan section?
A: The court requires all the forms to be completed and submitted. You are making a mistake if you do it without an attorney. Yes, there are some legal fees involved, perhaps a few hundred if you both agree on everything, but if you make a mistake in what you are doing, it could be much more expensive to try to fix it later. And in some cases, a mistake cannot be fixed at all, and can result in problems that will go on for years. The court retains jurisdiction over child support until the child is 18 or finishes HS. So even if you both agree to no child support now, either of you could file with the court for child support later. So use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to review all the circumstances of your situation, explain the process, fill out all the forms properly and get them filed, and advise you.
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