Child support often presents challenging legal issues. Both parents are obligated to provide support for their children, but may not be able to afford to pay child support in addition to maintaining separate households. A skilled family law attorney can help you through the child support process, whether the issue involves establishing, challenging or modifying support obligations.

Paul Panico has worked in the field of Ohio family law for more than twenty years. He has a deep understanding of Ohio law regarding child support, including the basis for modifying or changing support obligations. Based on his experience, Paul can sit down with you and discuss your case and what you can expect to either pay or receive in child support based on some basic information and key facts about your case. He can also assist you with requesting a modification of your child support due to changed circumstances. He represents clients throughout central Ohio and offers no-cost consultations to all prospective clients.

Child Support Guidelines

Both parents have a legal obligation to support their children. Child support is typically ordered in cases where a child’s biological parents are no longer living together to make sure that the child has sufficient financial support. Although the exact amount will vary, the parent that has less physical custody of the child or children and has a higher income will typically be required to pay child support to the other parent.

Ohio, like most other states, utilizes a formula to determine a parent’s child support obligations. This formula is fairly rigid, looking at a number of factors to determine how much support is owed. These factors include:

  • Number of children
  • Gross monthly income of both parents
  • Child support obligations of either parent to other children
  • Spousal support obligations from previous marriages
  • Monthly expenses, including day care, education and heath care

Based on these factors, the court will arrive at a number for a monthly child support obligation. While a child support obligation can be estimated based on these factors, keep in mind that other items may increase or decrease a parent’s child support determination. For example, if a child has special needs and requires medical treatment or assistance, the support obligation may be increased to help adequately support that child. 

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Child support is generally paid until the child is both 18 years old and has graduated from high school. However, there are situations in which child support is paid beyond that age, such as if the child has special needs.

How Child Support Affects Your Taxes

There are tax implications for child support that parents should understand. Paul Panico can work with you to help you understand how child support affects your taxes. He can also assist you with challenging a child support order or seeking to have it modified. There are situations in which a child support payment is either too high or too low, and circumstances often change where one parent is no longer able to pay the support or take care of the child on the current payment. A request for modification may be an option to help adjust the child support to an amount that best meets the needs of the child and realistically represents a parent’s ability to pay.

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Child Support Attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Paul Panico has an in-depth knowledge of Ohio child support guidelines and the law regarding child support orders and modifications. He can assist clients with matters related to child support to help ensure that the support order is appropriate to meet the needs of the child. Contact his office today to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about how he can help you with your Ohio child support matter today.