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Canal Fulton Family Law Attorneys

While most people associate the term ‘family law’ with divorce, this area of the law actually covers a wide range of matters, including everything from adoption and divorce to alimony. Whatever the issue, family law matters tend to be complicated and emotional, making it especially important for those grappling with a child support, alimony, divorce, or custody matter, to retain experienced Canal Fulton family law attorneys who can ensure that their rights and interests are protected.

Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage

Although still permitted to file for a divorce, couples in Ohio also have the option to file for a dissolution of their marriage. Also known as a no-fault divorce, dissolutions do not require proof of fault to end a marriage, but only that they are not compatible and have lived separate and apart for at least a year. Dissolution petitions can only be filed once a couple has reached an agreement on divorce-related issues, including division of marital property and debts, spousal maintenance, and if applicable, child support and custody matters. Those who are unable to reach an agreement on these issues, on the other hand, will need to litigate those matters in court, ultimately leaving their resolution up to a judge.

Child Custody and Support

In Ohio, child custody arrangements are not always part of divorce proceedings but can be initiated in their own right, a scenario that is particularly common amongst unmarried parents. Although in many cases, a child’s parents are able to reach an agreement in an out-of-court setting, in which they divide parental responsibilities and parenting time, this is not always possible. In these situations, a court would be required to step in and create an arrangement on the parties’ behalf after assessing a number of factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, the distance between the parents’ residences, and the child’s attachment to his or her school or home.

Child support, on the other hand, is calculated using a specific formula that takes into account the number of children being supported, each parent’s income, and how much time the child spends with each parent. Generally, the parent who does not have primary custody of a child will be required to financially support that child. If, however, two parents share custody equally, the parent who earns the higher income may be asked by the court to submit payments that are equal to the difference in parental contributions.

Experienced Canal Fulton Family Law Attorneys

If you have questions about a family law matter, please call Fout Law to speak with a dedicated Canal Fulton family law lawyer about your questions and concerns.

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