Ohio Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: I am 17 years old in Ohio, and my negligent grandparents have legal custody of me. Could I call CSB on them?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 13, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Before doing that, if you have any other family members, teachers, or trusted adults to talk to about it, you should do that first. But you can call the local children's services office. They will investigate and could move you into foster care.

Q: I am 17 years old and I will be 18 in 6 months. Is it legal for me to run away and not face any punishments by the law?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 5, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
You can be apprehended and placed in juvenile detention if you are under 18. If there are problems, talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult.

Q: How do I establish residency in a state? If I move...

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 1, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
There is different residency for different purposes - taxes, voting, school enrollment, jurisdiction for lawsuits. Each state sets its own rules. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact a lawyer in the state where you might live.

Q: We are still married - no legal separation, no court child custody (6 and 12 yrs old) - could I leave the state of oh?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 1, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Nothing stops you from moving, but until you establish residency in a new state, which could take 6 months, the prior state retains jurisdiction over any child custody issues, and the court could require you to return the children. Before moving, use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney about your options.

Q: I lost custody 8 years ago and haven't been allowed to see my her. I finally have my life together. What can I do to...

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you of your options. You could file in court to re-establish contact. The court would decide if that is in the child's best interest considering all the facts. If you are not paying child support, the court could order you to begin paying.

Q: My wife and I are going through a divorce. If she is not seeking child support will the court force it?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 7, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you and she agree on everything in an uncontested divorce, and you both have relatively equal time with the child, equal sharing of expenses, relatively equal incomes, and each can provide an adequate place to live, then the court might allow an adjustment to the standard child support calculation, so that nobody pays child support. But the court require child support, even if you both agree that none is needed. If no child support is ordered now, if any circumstances change, either parent...

Q: It has been 14 years are we still allowed to go after her father for child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 25, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
You can still go after him...but people who are incarcerated are rarely able to pay

Q: I am a father in Ohio me and the kids mom separate but still married and she dropped our kids off do I have custody

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 25, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you are married, both parents have custody, until a court order says otherwise. If you file for legal separation or divorce, then the court will determine custody issues. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

Q: Is it possible to get help in navigating the divorce packet, I need to know that I have filled everything out correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 21, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Some courts or local law schools have legal clinics with volunteers to answer questions. Otherwise, it is prudent to retain a local family law attorney to assist you. If the documents are not done properly, or you fail to include something, it can be difficult or impossible to fix later. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to advise you.

Q: when will I receive payments?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
It could take several weeks, especially over the holidays. Call the child support agency and ask them for an estimate. Don't count on receiving anything until possibly January. It might come sooner, but probably not.

Q: I'm a father paying child support. The mother recently told me to pay 3 yrs of increases to health ins. all at once .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Nov 14, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
An attorney would have to review the child support order and what it says about health insurance payments. If you pay what you can to spread out the $500, a court would take that into consideration. But use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney.

Q: Free legal advice regarding family law

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you are not married to him, he has no rights until he establishes paternity and a court grants him parenting rights. With no court order for visitation or parenting in place, you are the sole legal custodian of your children, and you do not have to allow him any access to the children at all, and you can apply for him to pay you child support, which is calculated according to a worksheet in Ohio. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review the facts of...

Q: I'm to appear Pro Se in court, not by choice 4 Divorce Case. My Ex wont help & I can't afford for Attorney myself.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney in Lake County, IL where the court is. The attorney can advise you about seeking spousal support (alimony) along with child support, and the court also could order your spouse to pay your attorney fees. Call around to attorneys in Lake County to find one to help you.

Q: Single mother in ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 26, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
He always has the right to go to court and ask for parenting time and custody. The court would decide what is in the best interest of the child at that time based on all the evidence properly presented to the court. It could order supervised visits to start, and then increase the parenting time later. Both of your incomes are considered in determining child support, but incomes do not determine custody. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts,...

Q: Do i have to pay child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 18, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If the court orders you to pay child support, you must pay it, or be found in contempt of court and possible put in jail. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review the facts of your situation and advise you.

Q: I’ve been paying child support to my ex (never married) since he was born 15 years ago. He now wants to live w me.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 5, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
You are legally obligated to pay the child support until a court changes it. If you don't, legal action could be taken against you to collect. If you do not have legal custody, then enrolling him in your school district might be a problem, or even getting medical treatment for him. You need to find a way to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab.

Q: My home state is OH and I just move to PA. Can I file for custody in OH to live in Pa? Its only 20 miles from thier dad.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 31, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney where you lived in OH and one where you now live in PA. OH might still have jurisdiction. They can review all the facts and advise you.

Q: Do grandparents get the rights of deceased parent? Can they get standard order in which a parent would get?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 28, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
They wouldn't necessarily get the same, but it is totally up to the discretion of the court to determine what is in the child's best interest, what relationship there is with grandparents, etc. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review all the facts and represent you.

Q: My Grandson will be 16 soon I had custody of him for 10yrs Mom was in prison can he decide to move back to my house.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Did a court grant you custody, or did you simply take him in? If there is a current custody order, then it must be followed. If not, then his mother has custody, and he cannot just leave and move back with you. If you want to get custody, you have to file in court to do that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

Q: If the bio father dose not see his children but is on the birth certificate dose he have any parental rights unmarried

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 22, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Until he establishes paternity and a court grants him parental rights, you have sole custody. But if he learns you are granting guardianship, then he could go to court and become involved. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain an attorney to assist you.

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