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Q: Due to the pandemic my ex hasn’t paid child support for 5 months because he was laid off. Does he still owe it to me?

He said he doesn’t owe it to me because while we were separated and the divorce was not finalized he was giving me support money out of the kindness of his heart. So we should be equal or I should pay him back for doing that. Is that true?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 18, 2020

Money given directly typically does not count toward the child support obligation, but is considered a gift. But it depends on the temporary support order in effect during the divorce, and what the court ordered for support when the divorce was finalized, and how it required him to pay , either... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to have a witness for uncontested divorce to be granted in Ohio?

I'm getting divorced end of the week and my witness has COVID and can't attend. It is an uncontested divorce since we agree on everything and we will both be there. Do I have to have a witness to be granted the divorce if the defendant is present and in agreement?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 27, 2020

If both spouses are present, and both testify to the grounds for divorce and advise the court they want to terminate the marriage, then no other witness should be required, and the court should grant it, although it depends on your local court and ultimately the judge decides. But if the defendant... Read more »

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Q: how long does a devorce usually take if the only issue is visitation of a child and the average cost
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 8, 2020

The court filing fee is about $300 to 400. If an investigation is required to determine parenting issues, then several hundred more. Legal fees for an attorney could be from a thousand, to many thousand, depending on what happens. The process takes at least a few months, and can take up to a... Read more »

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Q: I want an abatement of my divorce court proceedings until covid19 pandemic is over. Is this possible in Ohio?
Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on May 12, 2020

Since COVID-19 is not going to be “over” for a year or more, and the courts will find ways to move cases forward, that is unlikely. The only way to stop a divorce generally is for both parties to agree to dismiss the case.

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