We understand that issues arise with even the best parts of life. As people, we are invested in our families both emotionally and financially. That is why, when issues do arise, you need someone who can understand the emotional investments and see clearly to the financial investments in order to represent your best interests, and often the best interests of your children. Wolfe Law Group is dedicated to providing the support and legal advice that you need to navigate the complexity of the various issues that can arise when it comes to family. We are here to provide representation in the following areas:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
Making the decision on whether or not you should divorce your spouse is one of the most difficult decisions and individual can make. You and your spouse have likely made investments in businesses, retirement accounts, vehicles, and real estate. Maybe you have children, which can cause other complications. Determining what your rights are in a divorce is important. We can help guide you in the legal process and ensure that your rights are represented in all aspects of court proceedings.
If both parties wish to terminate a marriage and are in agreement as to all issues, then a dissolution is appropriate. We can aid you in navigating the legal system to make sure that your dissolution is processed with the courts properly.
Child custody can take many forms. It could be sole custody, in which one parent has custody of all children; shared parenting, in which both parents have custody of all children; or split custody, in which custody of at least one child is awarded to each parent. Additionally, sometimes a third-party, such as a grandparent or relative may be awarded custody. The issue of custody can arise during the divorce process, as a result of an abusive living situation and at times, due to a child’s request. Our office understands how important children are to those that love them and are sensitive to the fact that each family situation is different. We can help counsel families through the court process and advocate on their behalf.
The Ohio Child Support Guideline calculation is utilized by courts to determine the amount of child support a parent must pay, when legally obligated to pay child support. Calculations are different depending on whether there is sole custody, shared custody or split custody. Courts may deviate from the Ohio Child Support Guideline based upon factors isted in Ohio Revised Code Section 3119.23. These factors include
- Special and unusual needs of the children;
- Extraordinary obligations for minor children or obligations for handicapped children who are not stepchildren and who are not offspring from the marriage or relationship that is the basis of the immediate child support determination;
- Other court-ordered payments;
- Extended parenting time or extraordinary costs associated with parenting time, provided that this division does not authorize and shall not be construed as authorizing any deviation from the schedule and the applicable worksheet, through the line establishing the actual annual obligation, or any escrowing, impoundment, or withholding of child support because of a denial of or interference with a right of parenting time granted by court order;
- The obligor obtaining additional employment after a child support order is issued in order to support a second family;
- The financial resources and the earning ability of the child;
- Disparity in income between parties or households;
- Benefits that either parent receives from remarriage or sharing living expenses with another person;
- The amount of federal, state, and local taxes actually paid or estimated to be paid by a parent or both of the parents;
- Significant in-kind contributions from a parent, including, but not limited to, direct payment for lessons, sports equipment, schooling, or clothing;
- The relative financial resources, other assets and resources, and needs of each parent;
- The standard of living and circumstances of each parent and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage continued or had the parents been married;
- The physical and emotional condition and needs of the child;
- The need and capacity of the child for an education and the educational opportunities that would have been available to the child had the circumstances requiring a court order for support not arisen;
- The responsibility of each parent for the support of others;
- Any other relevant factor.