Marital & Family Law Attorney in Central Ohio
At the office Karen H. Wentworth, Attorney at Law in Newark, OH we stay up to date with the ongoing changes in Marital & Family Law in Ohio and can help with any modifications you need to make to current cases or that need to be made to past cases Your case is important to us, and we’ll work with you before, during and after your case to make sure that you’re satisfied, and then go one step further to make sure you have plans for the next step if it becomes necessary.
In Ohio, there are two types of child custody: sole custody and shared parenting. Sole custody means that one parent is designated as the sole residential parent and may make decisions regarding the child’s care. The term “shared parenting” means that both parents are the legal custodians of the child and both are deemed to be the “residential parents” of the child. When parents have a shared parenting arrangement, they will make joint decisions concerning their child’s care. The way the shared parenting arrangement works will depend on the terms set forth in their shared parenting plan. When you contact our office for a consultation, we can help you achieve a custody plan that will work well for you and your family. With 30 years of legal experience, Karen H. Wentworth is well versed in Ohio child custody laws and can provide you with the guidance you need.
In Ohio, if an unmarried couple has a child, the mother is deemed to be the residential parent of the child. If the father wishes to establish his rights with the child, he may need to file a paternity action. We can assist parents through this process.
We have significant experience in performing child support calculations under the Ohio Child Support Guidelines. To assist you, we can prepare a child support worksheet to let you know in advance how much child support you can expect to pay or receive in your case. If your financial situation has changed and you need to modify the amount of child support you are required to pay, a motion to modify child support may be appropriate. Contact our office and we can assist you.
If you are concerned that the other parent may relocate your child to another state, we can assist you in obtaining temporary restraining orders to prevent the relocation until the matter can be properly reviewed by the Court.
No person should have to stay in an abusive relationship. If you are the victim of domestic abuse and need a lawyer to file a petition for a civil protection order on your behalf or on behalf of your children, we can help. We also represent with equal diligence clients who have had civil protection orders issued against them and seek to have them dismissed or modified.
Our firm advocates for the rights of grandparents who wish to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren.