Dayton Attorneys Handle Child Support Issues
Knowledgeable Ohio lawyers help clients keep track of new guidelines
When parents break up, noncustodial parents have a legal and moral obligation to help meet their child’s financial needs. Over the past few decades, enforcement of child support laws has intensified, but concerns about the system’s fairness and effectiveness have not been addressed until recently. With legislative passage of House Bill 366, a new system is likely to be installed that better meets the needs of today’s Ohio residents. The formula for determining a child support rate factors in each parent’s income, childcare expenses, health insurance premiums, spousal support payments and other items. Whether you’re a paying or recipient parent, the law firm of Fox & Associates Co., L.P.A. in Dayton, Ohio can explain how the calculation applies to you and negotiate on issues such as higher education costs.
Child support enforcement actions
For spouses facing divorce, the financial and emotional impact of maintaining child support payments has become increasingly difficult. Some parents fail to meet their court-ordered economic obligations, not as a matter of choice, but of circumstance. Unlike deadbeat dads, who neglect their responsibilities intentionally, parents caught in the downward financial spiral of our times may fall behind on child support payments as a result of job loss or other unforeseen circumstances. Deadbeats have the means but choose not to pay, while some parents with intent to pay may simply lack the ability to do so. Regardless of the cause, consequences for defaulting on child support payments in Ohio are serious and can include:
- Garnishing of paychecks
- Denial of passport distribution
- Interception of unemployment compensation
- Interference with receipt of state and federal income tax refunds
- Enforcement of jail time
If you need help with making child support payments in Dayton, the family lawyers at Fox & Associates Co., L.P.A. can help.
If you’re a noncustodial parent, you must make required payments even if you’ve been fired from your job or are being denied visits with your child. In situations where a significant financial change has occurred, you can seek a modification in child support terms from the court. Minor shifts in pay might not justify an immediate revision, but you are entitled to a review and adjustment every 36 months or when you’ve been unemployed through no fault of your own for at least 30 days or suffered an income loss of at least 30 percent for six months. If you believe you qualify or just have question about your options, we can assist you.
Recent changes in Ohio’s child support laws
Passed by both legislative houses in 2018, House Bill 366 overhauls Ohio’s child support system in a manner that addresses modern concerns in many ways. For example, the tables used to calculate child support rates now cover families that have a combined income of up to $300,000, double the previous maximum. The new formula accounts for healthcare costs and situations in which parenting duties are shared.
Ohio’s ongoing advocacy of child support
Current Ohio laws and House Bill 366 provide the following measures where child support is concerned:
- Child support is completely separate from visitation in the eyes of the law.
- Self-sufficiency reserves are designed to assist paying parents who have a low income. The goal is to ensure that these parents are paying an appropriate amount rather than avoiding their responsibilities completely because they cannot afford it.
- The court may order either or both parents to support their children, without regard to marital misconduct.
Your child custody and support case deserves direct attention and the benefit of our experience.
Dayton child support attorneys advocate for your unique child support circumstances
The attorneys at Fox & Associates Co., L.P.A. provide compassionate counsel to clients in Dayton and throughout Ohio. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 937-258-3668 or contact us online.