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Q: I currently have a rule 5 custody agreement, does that affect child support?

My son’s father has custody and I have visitation using the rule 5 agreeement through the courts. I currently pay 120 in child support a month. I was wondering if I was able to get that reduced.

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Q: In Ohio does CSEA automatically request child support for mother? Or does she have to manually request it herself?

The mother of our kids moved out. Now I have a request to pay child support. She advised it wasn't her doing. Unsure if I'm being lied to or if she the state really would request this without her approval

Nicholas P. Weiss
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answered on May 22, 2024

If a person applies for any public benefits they are required to also file for child support. If she did that, it is possible that she signed up for child support and did not even know that she has done so.

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Q: Where can I get a probono lawyer? also if my case just ended am I able to now file a new case in a different county ?
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answered on Apr 8, 2024

There is not enough information here to answer your questions. Assuming that this is a custody issue in fairfield, ohio, jurisdiction follows where the children reside, so you would have to file any custody action there. In addition, courts will not allow you to relitigate custody actions unless... View More

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Q: Can i move states with my child without the fathers permission?

My childs father does not have sole custody and he does have to pay child support. There is no custody or visitation order through court but i do let him see his son on the weekends if hes not busy so its not a guaranteed every weekend. He is on the birth certificate so he is the established... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Mar 30, 2024

If there truly is no custody order, parenting plan or visitation order on the record, and assuming you and father were never married, you may move. He has the right to file a motion to establish his rights however. You would be best served by investing in an attorney in the county in which you... View More

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Q: My son has 3 kids, 5 and under. Never married to the Mother. They are now split. He pays her bills but no legal rights

Basically… There is no support order, visitation, or father’s rights set up. She does not work.My son has a good job, works 7 days a week. Came back home(parents) to get his bills back on track. he is behind on many. What direction can He take to get paternity, visitation, support all legal in... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Mar 24, 2024

Depending on the county a paternity action (sometimes called a motion to establish parental rights and responsibilities) costs anywhere between $6-7K. Look for an attorney who practices family law in your grandchildren's county.

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Q: In the state of Ohio can your friends parents kick your friend out when 18 and still in high school(current junior)?
Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 26, 2024

Tricky question. Technically a parent has an obligation to parent a child until they emancipate. That usually happens when the child is both 18 AND a high school graduate. This may be further complicated if a parent is receiving child support on behalf of that child. This question does not... View More

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Q: My ex girlfriend just gave birth to a baby that she says is mine, but there are actually questions around the paternity.

How do I go about getting a DNA test? She is obstructing and being difficult at every opportunity, vowing not to ever let me near the baby out of nothing more than spite. I can't afford to retain a lawyer.

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

I would suggest taking a few steps to establish paternity:

1. Seek legal counsel. A family law attorney can advise you on your rights and the process for establishing paternity in your state. They can help you file a motion with the court to compel a DNA test if the mother is uncooperative....
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Q: My neighbor has a situation. She has her children living with her but her ex husband still has an order for child

Support that she needs to have changed in the court system. She can't afford a lawyer and I don't think our area legal aid handles these cases anymore. Any advice or help for her appreciated.

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 25, 2024

She and the ex need to file a joint entry (with the judge's signature) modifying the parenting plan to reflect this new situation. Once that is in place she needs to contact CSEA and provide a certified copy of the filed entry to them requesting the modification of the support award.

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Q: How do I go about filing abandonment charges on a father who knows about the child and has never been there?

He is currently on child support and hasn’t paid. I currently have sole legal custody of the child for him wishing death on him.

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answered on Feb 14, 2024

There isn't really a charge for abandonment. If he has not paid child support yet, it is likely that CSEA has not yet started garnishing his wages. I recommend contacting CSEA for a status update on garnishment.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: reaching for some legal help

Hello, I am reaching for some legal help. Does my wife have right to take our children away to her mothers house? I was “kicked out” from the home a month ago, against my will, but been present and coming back daily to see the children and to spend time with them. My wife is claiming that she... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 5, 2024

In the absence of a court order, married parents have equal rights to their children. Thus, she is within her rights to take them over to her mother's house, and you are within your rights to spend time with them as well. Your best course would be to hire an attorney and file a divorce and... View More

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Q: Does paying cash medical support mean I don't pay copays?
Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 1, 2024

No, cash medical covers the out of pocket costs the obligee is expected to have to pay him or her self.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I'm seaching information on filing for divorce involving domestic violence and husband on trial. I'm 7 months pregnant.

I need information. He is wanting to sell our home while I'm still in it with my protection order, I need to buy a home for my kids and I. He is currently awaiting trial for domestic violence and strangulation of myself, I am 7 months pregnant. Information on child custody and support as he... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 30, 2024

That must be very worrisome. But he cannot sell the home without your signature on the deed, even if you are not named on the deed. In Ohio, but spouses must sign any deed for real estate owned by either or both of them - so you both have to agree to any sale. If you file for divorce, you can... View More

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Q: How long does a judge have to complete a journal entry or judgement entry on the child support order case?

Everything was ordered in court but still waiting on entry

Kelly A Rochotte
Kelly A Rochotte
answered on Jan 23, 2024

Generally speaking, the judgment entry will be issued after the magistrate's decision. Generally speaking in Ohio, the court is expected to do so "timely" following an adjudicative hearing. If a magistrate is issuing a decision, you will have 14 days to file any objections to that... View More

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Q: My child is over 18 and under my medical insurance. Separation agreement says we split medical expenses.

My daughter has anorexia and was diagnosed when she was 15. She’s been in a lot of treatment over the years. Last year she was in a treatment center that cost $15k out of pocket. My seperate agreements states we split medical bills. Does the splitting of medical bills stop when my daughter turned... View More

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

In general the duty to support goes to age18 or graduation from high school, whichever comes later. If she hasn't graduated you may be able to enforce payment. If she has graduated then she is no longer part of your divorce decree and he has no duty to support.

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Q: My boyfriend turns 16 in two months and wants to move out once he is 16. (Ohio)

My boyfriends home parents are split up but neither home situation is healthy and/or safe for him. It is deteriorating his mental health and he needs to move out as soon as possible for his own well being. emancipation is not available in Ohio. However hes working on getting a job and already has... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Jan 15, 2024

The only way he can legally move out of his parents house karma is with the involvement of the court. If his home life is truly presenting a substantial danger to him, a child protective agency needs to be involved. The only way a non-relative could succeed in transferring custody is if they have... View More

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Q: In ohio, can I get retroactive child support if I filed in June 2023 but it didn't start until November 2023?
Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Jan 4, 2024

The parent seeking retroactive child support will have to file a formal petition with the court. Their petition must specifically ask for retroactive payments for certain dates and needs to include reasons that justify the support award. Reasons to seek retroactive child support include:... View More

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Q: How is it possible that I went in front of a Magistrate and was told I didn't owe anymore child support how can this be.

Because my adult children needed to sign some papers out and because my daughter wouldn't they now say I still owe between 16,000 to 18,000 how can I owe anymore after the magistrate said it was paid off

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Dec 30, 2023

This question is impossible to answer without a transcript of the hearing and a copy of the child support worksheet. You need to get both of these to an attorney and pay for that attorney's time to review them

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Q: If a noncustodial parent gives up parenting time, do they still pay the same amount of child support?

My ex-husband is choosing to give up his weekly parenting time due to conflicts with our teenagers. Does he need to continue to pay child support, and if so, does that amount change?

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Dec 16, 2023

This isn't a simple yes or no question. Parenting time factors into child support. However, to know if it is going to impact your support one would need to analyze your current support calculation. It would be worth your while to invest in actual time with a local attorney.

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Q: My daughter's father has custody BUT since Sept. 27, 23. she has lived with my mom he has not contacted her. What now?

I pay child support to him, how do I change that to my mother since she has my duagther now?. He does not help nor has he reached out since my child moved to my mother's house in Sept.

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Dec 11, 2023

This really should be handled by an attorney. This case could turn on many facts not stated in the question. Why did Father have custody? Why is the chlid with maternal grandmother? It is likely your mother will need to file a Motion to intervene as a party and then file a motion to... View More

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Q: If your child support comes directly out of your paycheck can you still be held in contempt of court for non paymeif?

I was recently held in contempt for non payment because I was a self-employed insurance agent and was struggling with the economy. I have followed all the court orders to date and have quit my job and began working full time where the money comes out automatically. Why am I still being charged with... View More

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answered on Dec 7, 2023

You likely have an outstanding arrearage that you need to satisfy. When you go back to court you will need to ask to purge the contempt by showing good faith efforts to make payment.

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