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Understanding Child Support In Ohio

On behalf of Law Office of Nancy L. Sponseller posted on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Ohio parents who are not married or who are seeking divorce may be interested in learning about how child support is handled in the state. Understanding support obligations may make it easier for both parents to provide for the best interests of the child.

Child support is a payment given by one parent to another. These payments are usually offered as a way to maintain the standard of living for a child. This money, which is used to pay for expenses that are related to the care of the child, is usually awarded to a parent upon divorce or legal separation. A court might also award it after paternity has been established.

When determining how much a parent must pay, the state calculates each parent’s available adjusted gross income to determine financial obligation to at least one child. Typically, the one who does not have physical custody of a child pays support to the other parent. In shared custody situations, the amount is usually determined by how much time each child spends at each parent’s residence. However, the court may not reduce child support obligations if the child spends most of his or her time at one parent’s house. The amount that each parent contributes to a child’s care also might offset how much support they have to pay.

Child support might also include court-ordered health insurance coverage for the child. Generally, both parents are required to hold health insurance policies that cover the child’s expenses by the courts if the cost is reasonable. Generally, the residential parent must pay the first $100 per year for ordinary uncovered child health care expenses.

The information in this post only covers certain aspects of child support. While the proceedings that determine the financial obligations of a parent can be complicated, a lawyer may be able to help a client understand the system and could help that client pursue the best interests of the child.

Source: Ohio State Bar Association, “Child Support“, September 12, 2014