Cleveland Child Support Attorney
Creating Child Support Payment Plans That Work for All Parties Involved
The responsibility of child support falls on the shoulders of both parents.
If these individuals
divorce, separate, or live in different homes, they will need to create a child support
arrangement to ensure they are upholding their responsibility. At The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams LLC, our Cleveland child support lawyer is here to help you ensure your and
your child’s interests are represented and protected throughout
this legal process.
To learn more about how we can help with your Cleveland child support issue,
call our office directly at
(216) 350-8511 or
contact us online today.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Ohio?
In Ohio, the courts use a specific
support calculator to determine the amount of money each parent is responsible for providing
to their children. Along with this calculator, the court may also look
at certain environmental factors that could affect this payment.
For example, if the paying parent has children from another relationship
to pay for, they may be responsible for paying less than what is provided
on the calculator.
Other common factors for determining Cleveland child support include:
- The child has special needs
- The paying party has other court-ordered payments
- The income disparity between the two households
- The benefits either parent receives from another marriage or shared living situation
- The amount of money either party pays for extracurricular activities such
as music lessons or sports equipment
- The financial needs and resources of each parent
- The standard of living each parent provides for the child
- The child’s educational needs
- Any other relevant factors
How to File for Child Support in Ohio
- You will need to gather information about your children, such as birth
certificate, social security card, and custody or guardianship letters.
You may also need to provide a divorce decree.
- You will need to file the appropriate documents provided by the court.
Your lawyer can help you identify which documents you need to file.
- You will need to deliver your documents in person or mail them in.
- You may be required to attend a support hearing.
Can a Child Support Order be Modified in Cleveland?
You can have a child support order modified when there has been a significant
change in your life that affects the calculation of child support. The change required often must be substantial or a 10% change between
the previous calculation and the new calculation. The child support enforcement
agency can help you through an administrative review process at no cost.
It's important for you to seek the advice of an
attorney based on your individual circumstances. We can help explain the pros and
cons of using a court process or administrative process to modify your
child support order so that you can make the best decision for yourself.
Enforcing an Ohio Child Support Order
There are a variety of tools that can be used to enforce a child support
Wage garnishment - Garnishing the paying party’s wages is the most common and effective
tool to obtain child support.
License suspension - The child support enforcement agency can help enforce your order by
reporting to credit bureaus, intercepting a tax refund, or suspending
licenses, such as a driver's license, professional license, or recreational license.
Filing a contempt motion - Your child support attorney can file a contempt motion against the paying
party for non-payment of support.
Payment from retirement accounts - If they have retirement accounts, it may be possible to obtain an order
that would require a payment from the retirement account to satisfy a
child support arrearage.
At The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams LLC, our Cleveland child support
attorney can help you choose which option is best for your situation and
educate you on the process involved.
Here to Help You Ensure Your Child Is Financially Protected
You can trust The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams LLC to provide you
with sound legal guidance and services throughout your court process.
We understand that legal issues concerning the family structure can be
complex and challenging and will do our best to guide you through the
case and obtain a positive outcome.
For your complimentary initial consultation on your Cleveland child support
case, call our office at
(216) 350-8511 or
complete our online contact form.