Alexis M. Davis, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Nashan L. Ruff, Defendant-Appellant.
from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, No. 15JU-4631
Division of Domestic Relations, Juvenile Branch.
M. Davis, pro se.
L. Ruff, pro se.
1} Defendant-appellant, Nashan L. Ruff, appeals a
judgment of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas,
Division of Domestic Relations, Juvenile Branch, that
increased the amount of child support due to
plaintiff-appellee, Alexis M. Davis. For the following
reasons, we affirm that judgment.
2} In a judgment dated July 6, 2015, the trial court
established a parent-child relationship between Ruff and his
minor child with Davis. The trial court also ordered Ruff to
pay $240.70 every month in child support.
3} On May 30, 2018, the Franklin County Child
Support Enforcement Agency ("FCCSEA") filed an
administrative adjustment recommendation with the trial
court. FCCSEA recommended that the trial court modify Ruffs
monthly child support obligation to $472.02 when private
health insurance is being provided, or $420.81, plus a
$121.33 monthly cash medical support payment, when private
health insurance is not being provided.
4} Ruff requested a court hearing on the revised
amount of child support. The trial court originally scheduled
the hearing for September 10, 2018. On the date of the
hearing, the trial court continued the hearing and
rescheduled it for November 5, 2018.
5} On September 11, 2018, the Franklin County Clerk
of Courts ("clerk") recorded a change of address
for Ruff on the docket. The next day, the clerk sent notice
of the November 5, 2018 hearing to Ruffs old address in
Westerville, Ohio, as well as Ruffs new address in Dublin,
Ohio. At FCCSEAs request, the clerk sent both notices by
certified mail. Both notices were returned to the clerk.
Because the notice addressed to Ruffs Dublin address was
marked "unclaimed," FCCSEA requested that the clerk
serve the notice on Ruff at that address by ordinary mail.
The clerk did so on October 25, 2018. The notice sent to Ruff
by ordinary mail was not returned.
6} Neither Ruff nor Davis appeared at the November
5, 2018 hearing. On December 6, 2018, the magistrate issued a
decision approving and adopting FCCSEAs recommendation to
modify Ruffs child support. The trial court immediately
approved and adopted the magistrate's decision, thus
making it the trial court's judgment.
7} Ruff now appeals the December 6, 2018 judgment,
but he files no assignments of error. Courts of appeal
determine each appeal "on its merits on the assignments
of error set forth in the briefs under App.R. 16."
App.R. 12(A)(1)(b). Thus, generally, appellate courts rule on
assignments of error only, and do not address mere arguments.
Bonn v. Bonn, 10th Dist. No. 12AP-1047,
2013-Ohio-2313, ¶ 9. ...