Child Support

Ohio Family Law Firm for Mediation & Litigation

When parents of minor children legally separate or divorce, child support can become an important issue. Establishing a child support order can be mutually agreeable for some. When drafting or enforcing a child support order becomes difficult, however, you can trust that a Columbus divorce lawyer from The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. can help. Call us at (614) 444-3036!

At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. we have the experience needed to help you through the difficult issues related to family law and child support. Although child support is determined in Ohio by a standard formula, the court can be persuaded to change the amount based on specific circumstances and mitigating factors. As nationally recognized trial attorneys and skilled mediators, we can represent you in your child support case both in and out of court.

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With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we have been trusted by countless clients to guide their families through child support disputes. Dedicated to providing personal and effective legal representation to Ohioans going through tough legal dilemmas, The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. has established itself as a distinguished law firm in Columbus. Whether you need assistance determining a fair child support plan or enforcing child support payments for a delinquent spouse, a Columbus family law attorney can provide strong, effective legal help!

How Child Support Is Calculated in Ohio

Specific details must be weighed in order to determine the amount that you will be expected to pay or receive. Ohio courts will base your child support calculation on a formula that takes into account many different factors. These factors, among others, can affect a child support order issued by a court:

  • Number of children involved
  • Gross monthly income of both parents (non-custodial and custodial)
  • Amount of child support or spousal support paid for children from a prior marriage
  • Estimated monthly cost of day care
  • Estimated monthly cost of healthcare or health insurance
  • Tax benefits
  • Basic needs of the children

We can represent you in court and present your case if you feel the amount of child support you are expected to pay is too much. If you feel as though the amount you are to receive is too little, we can represent you as well. We can also help you enforce a child support order if necessary.

Is my child support agreement fair?

Child support calculations are be based on specific statutory guidelines provided by Ohio courts. You and a former spouse may work toward a mutually agreeable child support agreement, but if the courts rule that your child support agreement does not properly satisfy your child's needs, your child support agreement will be denied. To ensure that your family is protected, it is wise to speak with a Columbus child support lawyer as soon as possible.

In 2008, the Ohio Supreme Court decided in the landmark case Byrd v. Knuckles that a court may, but is not required to, accept an agreement of the parents to terminate a child support obligation. This ruling can impact stepparents throughout Ohio. If a custodial parent desires to terminate his or her parental rights through stepparent adoption, it still does not relieve the parent from paying mandatory child support.

Only an experienced and knowledgeable Columbus family lawyer understands the complexities of family law and can help you and a former spouse reach a mutually agreeable child support payment plan that can also be approved by the court. It is easy to feel as though your parental rights and your child's best interests are minimized by the court. Seeking legal counsel early on can help prevent your family from suffering financially and help you avoid the heartache of costly litigation for matters that could have been negotiated out of court.

The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. - Helping Families Since 1996

Mothers, fathers, and stepparents throughout Columbus can depend on our lawyers to look out for their best interests and provide legal counsel that help protect their families. As a reflection of our firm's dedication to providing effective representation to each of our clients, Founding Attorney Jon Saia has been included in Super Lawyers® Top 50 Lawyers in Columbus, Ohio since 2012 and has earned an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

When you are ready to retain solid legal representation,contact The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc . to schedule your free case evaluation !