Trends in Child Custody and Support

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Trends in Child Custody and Support

Raising children today in Northeast Ohio can be a challenge. Between the challenges of balancing school, extracurricular activities, social commitments and the normal challenges of being a kid, parents and children are under pressure. What child custody trends are becoming more accepted?

It is important that parents work together to meet the financial, physical, and emotional needs of the children. However, a divorce between the parents can throw everyday life into turmoil for everyone.

Child Custody Questions to Consider

Where will the children live? Do they have to change schools? Who will have primary custody? Who will pay for what? These are just a few of the many questions that families face when a divorce takes place.

Divorces are never easy for anyone. Sometimes they become contentious, and families can go through an emotional and financial roller coaster.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Many parents are choosing to put their differences aside and approach the divorce process with the children’s interests and well-being in mind.

50/50 Arrangements

50/50 child custody arrangements are quite common these days. In this type of arrangement, the two parents share joint custody of the children, with both parents remaining actively involved in all decisions regarding the welfare of the children. A 50/50 child custody arrangement is great for parents whose divorce was amicable and want to cooperate and continue to be hands-on with their children.

Child Custody Nesting Arrangement

In this type of child custody arrangement, the family home stays intact following the divorce. Instead of shuffling children and transporting them from household to household, each parent moves out of his or her residence and into the family home for a few days. Nesting provides less disruption and more stability for the children during an emotional and stressful time. Some may use nesting as a transitional plan for one to two years, as opposed to a permanent arrangement.

Child Support

In Ohio, child support is calculated by a formula that is written into state law. The formula takes the parent’s gross income and combines them, and the formula allows for certain deductions, such as local income tax, child support for other children, or spousal support paid or received. The adjusted gross income is then applied to a chart that calculates the amount of child support required to equalize the costs of raising a child.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) administrates the child support system, and requires parents who pay or receive child support to pay through the ODJFS.

Putting Children First

Even if a divorce is less than amicable, parents must always remember to keep the children and their well-being as the primary concern. If you have questions and want to know more about their options regarding child custody could benefit by contacting an experienced lawyer. A knowledgeable family law attorney can examine the circumstances and guide parents through this stressful time.

Contact Manning & Clair for Child Custody Support

Manning & Clair Attorneys At Law have extensive experience dealing with child custody and family law. Put our knowledge and compassion to work for you in your custody case.

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Manning & Clair Note: The information shared here is intended for a general overview and discussion of the subject. It is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. Please consult an attorney for advice about your individual situation.