Ohio Child Support Questions & Answers

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: We currently have a case in SC but recently moved to OH... would we have to obtain a lawyer in SC or OH?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 12, 2018
Daniel R. Gurtner's answer
If you have an active domestic case in SC, that court retains jurisdiction. You would need to find a lawyer in SC. A motion can be made in that court to transfer the case to an Ohio court in very limited circumstances.

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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: 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: Unwed mother wants to move to another state with toddler. Can the father prevent that from happening?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If no court order has granted him parental rights, then she has sole custody and can move. But father then could file in OH for parental rights and custody. If she has not yet lived long enough in the new state to establish residency, OH might still retain jurisdiction, and the OH court could order the child returned to OH. She should use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local OH family law attorney, and also a family law attorney in the state to which she plans to move. She also should...

Q: Daughter moved out of her mom's at 18 but still in school. Can I get support taken from her mom and given to her in ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 21, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
You can file with the court for a change in the child support based on these changed circumstances. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

Q: My husband and I are separated, going through a divorce. What parental rights does he have at this time?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 13, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
You are represented by an attorney, who can answer all your questions.

Q: If I make an effort to pay child support will l still go to jail

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It depends how far behind you are, how many other times you've been behind, why you are behind, etc. In general, the courts want you to pay and know jail works counter to that goal, so, if you make a real effort they generally do not send you to jail. Of course, if your effort is a joke...

Q: how likely is it for a father to take full custody away from a mother and have her pay him child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 23, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
There is no way to predict. The court looks at all the facts and circumstances. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review the situation and advise you.

Q: Can I move one county over from Licking to Franklin county ? can the non custodial parent fight? do I have to ask judge?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
You are required to give notice to the court and child support of any change of address, and he can then file in court for any change in the terms of visitation. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

Q: If an absent parent is not apart of there child's life for 4 months, can i get them to sign parental rights over?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 9, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The court will determine the issue of parental rights as part of the divorce, including ordering the payment of child support and custody. If the parent is absent, that parent is not likely to be granted parental rights, but could apply for them in the future. If you get remarried, then your new spouse could adopt if the father has been absent, and that will terminate his parental rights. Talk to the attorney handling your divorce, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain an attorney to advise...

Q: Can ex-wife take me to court and change existing arrangement after 6 years of divorce?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 6, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Child support remains subject to change by the court if the financial circumstances change.

Q: How do I move out at 16

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 6, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The family should retain a local family law attorney, review all the facts of the situation, and get advice on how to best go about seeking custody of you in the juvenile court.

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