Child Support Attorneys Serving Cuyahoga
Child support matters can be difficult for all parties involved. You want to provide for your children, but you also want to make sure your rights are protected. Whether you are going through a divorce, Juvenile Court proceeding or child support proceeding an experienced lawyer can provide you with options and proper protections. At the Cleveland law offices of Slive & Slive, we have been helping families with these issues for over 30 years.
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No matter how angry you may be with your spouse, you are both still parents to your children. The choices you make now regarding a child support plan will be important in establishing a backdrop to your future as a parent. We can help you develop a plan that benefits your relationship with your children, so you can be there for the important events in their lives. We will also help you understand how your child support plan will affect your child custody plan.
In Ohio, child support can be awarded in either Domestic Relations Court or Juvenile Court or through the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA). The non-custodial parent is responsible for contributing a certain portion of their income, based on the state child support guidelines. The amount of child support paid is determined by a number of factors in the guidelines, including:
- Incomes of both parties
- Child care costs
- Health insurance costs
- Visitation costs
- Parenting schedules
In most cases, child support is paid until the child concerned turns 18 unless the child is still in high school, in which case child support terminates at age 19. Children with certain disabilities may receive child support past their 19th birthday.
Child Support Enforcement & Modifications
Child support arrangements do not always work as planned. If one party fails to live up to their responsibilities, it is important to take legal action to get results. Attorney Steven Slive a certified family relations specialist.* He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Cuyahoga County Support Enforcement Agency and has knowledge of the workings of the agency. We can help you use wage garnishment or license suspension and other tactics in order to get the support your children deserve. If there has been a change in financial circumstances, we can help you obtain the necessary child support modification. While there are specific guidelines for child support in Ohio, the court may deviate from the guidelines under special circumstances. We will help insure that the proper figures are used in determining the amount of your child support order.
At the Cleveland law offices of Slive & Slive, we can help you find a solution that works for you and your children. Your understanding of your case within the legal system is a priority, and your satisfaction is our goal. Your phone calls will be returned promptly and your needs addressed timely. In addition to our weekly office hours, our Cleveland offices offer Saturday morning appointments and we accept all major credit cards. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
*Certified by The Ohio State Bar Association and approved by The Ohio Supreme Court.