Your children and your home have been your career for years. You gave up your career outside the home to care for your children, and now that you're getting divorced, you wonder what the future holds.
As April 15 approaches, people in Ohio and across the country are likely trying to pull together tax information in order to ensure they meet the federal deadline. For many people, taxes are a complex headache. For those who have recently been granted a divorce, there are some special considerations.
Child support is considered a continuation of a parent's obligation towards a child after divorce. A parent may leave child support unpaid for any number of reasons, including a change in living expenses, a job loss or simple negligence. The parent's obligation to pay support does not end due to any such circumstance unless the agreement is modified by court order. Willfully ignoring child support obligations in Ohio has serious consequences.
After being ordered to pay child support in a divorce settlement, parents in Ohio may wish to have their payments reduced if they lose a job or go through another major life change. Although child support orders can be modified, orders can usually only be reviewed once every 36 months. However, circumstances like unemployment, incarceration or active military duty could allow for an early review.
When a couple is going through a divorce, there are many things to remember. In addition to the relationship ending, assets and debts have to be divided. In Ohio, an equitable distribution state, mistakes are commonly made in the division regarding retirement accounts, tax considerations, jointly-held credit cards and other issues. An incomplete or vague agreement that does not encompass everything can pose difficulty for the parties afterwards.
Child support can be ordered for a variety of reasons in Ohio. Whether or not the parents have been married, support for the child can be sought once the parentage has been proven legally. The Child Support Enforcement Agency can help set up or enforce a child support order. This can also be done through the courts.
Ohio family courts resolve plenty of disagreements between Columbus spouses when a marriage ends. It's hard to believe that spouses willing to work out financial compromises could have legal issues, but they can. Casual arrangements for a transfer of child support, spousal support or property may fall outside the boundaries of a divorce agreement.
Ohio lawmakers have given partial approval to the governor's state budget plan and, with it, the okay to move ahead with a new support enforcement measure. Others states collect overdue child support through gambling winnings and Ohio is a Senate vote away from doing the same. Proponents of House Bill 483 say the proposal benefits children.
Older Columbus spouses may have very different needs in post-marital life than younger spouses. Spouses who choose to end a marriage at a younger age often prioritize child support and custody, while older spouses focus on marital property division and, when applicable, spousal support.
A life involving a divorce can be rather frustrating sometimes. Many single parents in Columbus, Ohio, know this and live with this frustration, experiencing it on a regular basis. Some of the major divorce issues come with child custody. With tax season upon us, these issues may be compounded by the requests and behavior of a former spouse or the noncustodial parent.