In Ohio biological parents are obligated by law to provide for their children whether they are married or not. Absent a court order to the contrary, the mother of the child is deemed to be the residential parent and sole legal custodian. Therefore the father, as the non-custodial parent, is frequently obligated to pay child support. The amount is set by a statutory formula, but what goes into the formula and how it is interpreted can be less clear.
We represent parents seeking child support and parents who are obligated to pay support. Child support is a given, but what is fair under the myriad of possible scenarios is why sound legal representation is critical.