Family law is a broad and important area of the law, which addresses those legal matters that affect families. While family law courts often handle divorce cases, it is actually wider ranging than simply divorce. If you are facing a family law concern, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Dayton family law attorney in your corner.
Many of the concerns addressed by family law involve children, and these matters can occur in the course of a divorce, can relate to post-decree modifications, and can relate to children shared outside of marriage and divorce. The legal concerns that generally relate to children include:
In Ohio, child custody is addressed in terms of both legal custody (called parental responsibilities) and physical custody (called parenting time). Parental responsibilities can either be taken on by one parent or can be shared, and they refer to who will be making the important, big-picture parenting decisions on behalf of the children moving forward. Such decisions include those that pertain to the following:
Parenting time, on the other hand, determines the schedule by which you and your children’s other parent will divide your time with your shared children. If you and your ex can come to a mutually satisfactory decision on the matter, you can create virtually any schedule that works for you. If the court is required to intervene, however, it is very likely that you will receive one of its standard visitation schedules.
Child support is calculated according to the State of Ohio’s guidelines, and while a variety of factors can play a role in the determination of child support, the two variables that have the most sway include each parent’s income and the number of overnights each parent has with the shared children.
Another common family law concern is the division of marital property in divorce (including in high asset divorces). The assets and property that you and your spouse acquired together as a married couple are generally considered marital property, which must be distributed between you equitably – or fairly given the circumstances that apply. Factors that tend to make this already complicated matter that much more so include:
Spousal support refers to what you may call alimony, and it only comes into play when one spouse is left financially disadvantaged by divorce, and the other spouse has the financial ability to help via spousal support payments.
If you’re facing a family law concern, the distinguished Dayton family law attorneys at The VanNoy Firm have considerable experience successfully guiding cases like yours toward favorable outcomes. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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