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Calculation of Child Support in Ohio

On behalf of Law Office of Nancy L. Sponseller posted on Monday, October 13, 2014.

The Ohio legislature has established a child support calculation guide and distribution calendar to enhance the best interests of children. This schedule is valid unless the combined gross income of the parents is less than $6,600 or greater than $150,000 per year. The court or agency calculating the support amount uses a standard worksheet that takes into account factors such as annual gross income from employment, bonuses, commissions and overtime compensation.

The basic child support formula may be adjusted by the court to account for self-employment taxes and monthly payments that are already paying for other children through court-ordered child support. The court also considers the cost of child care while the custodial parent is at work as well as the child’s educational, health care and medical expenses. If any of these elements change, the custodial parent or paying parent may request a child support modification from the court.

When health care is provided, the court may make adjustments to the monthly payments owed on behalf of the child. When health care is not provided, the court may take action to increase the amount of money paid to the child to cover his or her medical expenses. The state may also grant a deviation from the usual support agreement. Any deviations take into consideration income earned by the child, parental in-kind contributions and the physical and emotional needs of the child.

Delinquent payments may result in penalties such as license suspension or jail time. A parent who is unable to meet his or her child support obligation should arrange for legal representation to seek a child support modification. A parent who has not received the court-ordered payments should request an enforcement action.

Source: Ohio Laws and Rules, “Chapter 3119: CALCULATION OF CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION – HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE“, October 09, 2014