The child support calculation process in the State of Ohio is fairly straightforward, but many parents who deal with it find it baffling. Having a better understanding of the basics when it comes to Ohio child support can help.
If you’re facing a child support concern, however, you’re well-advised to seek the professional legal counsel of an experienced Ohio child support attorney. They can help you address the unique factors in your family’s case.
In Ohio – and in every other state – both parents are required to support their children financially throughout their childhoods. In Ohio, this means when they graduate from high school or turn 19 (whichever happens later). Child support payments are calculated according to exacting child support guidelines provided by the state. All child support is calculated according to these guidelines unless there is a verifiable and compelling reason for the court to employ its discretion and do otherwise. Child support is balanced between both parents in relation to each parent’s net earnings.
If you are the primary custodial parent, and the children live with you the majority of the time, it is very likely that their other parent (who has the visitation schedule) will pay child support to you. Even if you and your ex split your time with your shared children straight down the middle, however, the higher earner will likely be ordered to pay child support to the other parent.
This is because child support is intended to be balanced between both of you in relation to your financial ability to pay. Many parents get tripped up on this fact. If you split your time with your children equally, you may think it stands to reason that you are also splitting your children’s support equally between the two of you. The court, however, is looking out for the best interests of the children and wants to keep their support balanced between both homes.
When it comes to calculating child support, the guiding factors include all of the following:
If the court believes that a parent is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed, it can choose to impute earnings and to calculate child support accordingly. Typically, the court will take all of the following into consideration:
If you are up against a concern that relates to child support, the dedicated Ohio child support attorneys at The VanNoy Firm are well prepared to help. We’re on your side, so please don’t wait to contact us today.
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