Children have a right to enjoy the benefit of each parent’s income, regardless of where they live. For this reason, both parents must support their children, and one parent often pays monthly child support to the other.
Ohio’s guidelines simplify the calculation of child support, but the judge can depart from the guidelines in many situations. For example, your child might have extraordinary medical or educational expenses requiring more support. Parents with high incomes might also pay a non-guideline amount.
Child support is difficult to modify later, so there is no reason to “settle” for an amount that you believe is either inadequate or too generous. Raise your concerns with a Dublin divorce lawyer.
Supporting Your Ex After Divorce
Ohio law allows either spouse to seek spousal support, also called alimony. Traditionally, husbands paid alimony to their ex-wives because women did not work outside the home. Without this support, many wives would end up destitute.
The world has changed over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, support is still available for a variety of reasons. For example, you might have sacrificed your career to raise your children. Other men and women are disabled and would end up on public assistance unless their ex-spouse supported them.
There are many reasons to seek alimony, which is typically paid in monthly installments or possibly as a lump sum. Some of our clients receive alimony for a short amount of time until they become self-sufficient, while others receive support long term.
Dividing Your Marital Assets & Debts
Couples often have more marital property than they realize. Anything you obtained while married can qualify as marital property subject to equitable division, including:
- Your home and other real estate
- Motor vehicles
- Retirement accounts
- Stocks and bonds
- Wages earned
- Small business
Marital property must be divided equitably, meaning fairly. A judge will consider many factors when deciding what is “fair”; however, our clients retain considerable power to decide how to divide property themselves.
Some people are shocked that their small business could also be marital, even when their spouse had no role to play. We are experienced in business valuation issues and will do everything we can to keep your business in one piece.
Offering Trusted Legal Advice
The above are the key issues all couples must resolve when seeking a divorce. At Lawrence Law Office, we appreciate how difficult an agreement can be. Many negative emotions are in play when divorcing, which can frustrate the ability to find common ground.
Our lawyers are skilled at all alternative approaches to divorce, including mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce. We can help you save time and money by working toward sensible divorce solutions that set you up well for the future.