Child Support Needs

As with many aspects of family law, child support is specific to each case. Generally, child support is paid from one parent to the other in order to help with the financial aspects of raising a child, such as providing food, shelter, clothing, childcare, and health insurance, until the child has reached the age of 18 and graduated from high school. However, child support is not always necessary; is it not ordered to be paid in every case, nor is there always a minimum amount. The joint income of the family or the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had his or her parents stayed together can be considered in determining child support and can increase the obligation beyond what a simple calculation or child support worksheet might suggest.

Reaching a Child Support Amount by Agreement or Litigation

Just as you can reach an agreement on other terms of your dissolution or divorce, you can also agree on a child support amount. There are many factors to consider when determining the appropriate amount of child support, such as the parenting time schedule, the expenses of the child, the age of the child, as well as various factors specific to each situation. As with all issues in family law, if you cannot reach an agreement, you can ask the court to decide on child support for you.

In both Ohio and Kentucky, child support is calculated based on guidelines that generate an assumed amount. However, your personal case is unique and many different factors can influence your child support arrangement, such as your income, your ex-spouse’s income, whether the child has tuition costs, and whether an older child has a job of their own. In some cases, it’s not necessary for much money to exchange hands.

If you are seeking child support, our Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky divorce attorneys will present your financial needs as a parent and advocate for the rights of your child to receive support from your ex-spouse; however, we can also help if you believe your ex-spouse is attempting to obtain an unreasonable amount of support from you. We base our strategy on protecting the best interests of your children and ensuring their needs are adequately met.

Ensuring Children of Divorce Are Properly Provided for by Both Parents

The divorce attorneys at Wagner & Bloch have extensive family law experience and have successfully secured fair child support agreements in a wide range of divorce and dissolution cases. We represent parents going through divorce, as well as unwed parents, including mothers and fathers from a range of economic and social backgrounds. Wagner & Bloch considers the whole picture to develop favorable options that make sense for you and your family.

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