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Child Support in Ohio

When a marriage ends or children are born to unwed parents it is necessary to determine how the children will be supported. Depending on whether the parties were married or not, child support will be determined by the juvenile or domestic relations division of the common pleas court in the appropriate county. There are also different ways to establish an order for child support such as through a pending divorce or through an action that addresses custody or support only if the parties were not married. The Child Support Enforcement Agency can assist some parents in obtaining an order for child support or the parties can seek legal counsel to help establish a support order.

Calculating Child Support in Ohio

Ohio has a set formula that is used for calculating a child support order. The formula takes into consideration things such as each parent’s income, support paid for other children, spousal support paid, and medical insurance costs for the child. The tax filing status of the parties and tax exemptions for other children are also included in the standard calculation. The amount of support will vary depending on the number of children included in the calculation.

Adjusting the Standard Calculation for Child Support

Typically, Courts use the standard calculation for child support, however, if certain circumstances exist the Court may increase or decrease the amount of child support. This increase or decrease from the standard calculation is known as a deviation. A deviation may be permitted when there is an extended amount of parenting time, the child has special needs, or other reasons that may result in extraordinary expense during parenting time. If you believe that the standard calculation is unjust it is important to discuss the matter with a licensed Ohio attorney to review any options that may be available.

Terminating an Order for Child Support

A lot of parents do not believe that they should have to pay child support to the other parent. In some cases, they may be correct. A child support order may be terminated if the Court permits. Again, the Court will consider the income of the parties, the time spent with each parent, whether the child receives any type of government assistance, and the same items considered when the support order was established. If the Court determines that it is unjust to require a parent to pay support based upon those factors, it may decrease or terminate the order for support. The easiest way to terminate an order for child support is by both parents agreeing that it would be best for the child if no support were required given the specific circumstances.

Child Support Contempt

Once a child support order is established by a court, the person required to pay must pay the specified amount when due or they could face contempt charges. For more information about child support contempt click here to be directed to the page for Child Support Contempt.

If you have questions regarding establishing a child support order, adjusting a child support order, or terminating a child support order contact a licensed Ohio attorney. Click here to be directed to the Contact page for Yates Law Office, LLC.