Child Support

Family disputes aren't healthy for anyone involved - especially minor children. At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, we help clients throughout Northwest Ohio resolve their child support disputes as quickly as possible.

GET A FAIR CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

The laws governing child support in Ohio are very complex. It is important to consult with an experienced lawyer who can help ensure you get child support orders that are fair. When determining the amount of support a parent owes, the law considers the total costs of raising a child, including expenses for items such as:

  • Care and maintenance
  • Food
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Extracurricular activities

The total costs are then compared to the income available to each parent. Custody also impacts support obligations. The more time you spend with your children, the less support you pay.

A formula typically determines the amount of support due; however, there are circumstances when a judge may order above- or below-guideline support:

  • Below-guideline support - When parenting time is divided equally between parents, the court may order support obligations that are less than the standard calculation.
  • Above-guideline support - Children with special needs often have increased care and education expenses. Children who attend private school also have increased costs. These increased expenses often lead to increased child support obligations.

At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, we help clients get child support orders that are fair. Whether you are the custodial parent seeking support or the parent responsible for paying support, our firm will fight to protect your financial interests.

CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATIONS

Child support obligations continue until children reach 18 or graduate from high school. Over the years, living situations, income and expenses often change. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to modify support orders.

If your income decreased or you have taken on additional parenting time, you may be able to reduce your child support obligations. Similarly, if your child's other parent is earning more, or spending less time with your children, you may be entitled to increased support.

AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY DEDICATED TO YOUR CASE

At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, you are getting an attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience working for you. Clients aren't passed off to paralegals and junior associates. Shelly Kennedy personally handles every case. She is dedicated to getting you results. Contact us today at 419-967-6039 or 800-655-0682. Our offices are located in Port Clinton and Sandusky.