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Changes to Ohio’s child support calculation took effect in April

In April, significant changes went into effect regarding Ohio’s child support calculation. These represent the first major changes to the child support system since 1992.

The changes are aimed at benefiting children by collecting more money on their behalf and encouraging both parents to remain involved in the child’s life. This is done by trying to better reflect current economic times, address some root causes of unpaid child support and acknowledge other types of support a non-custodial parent may offer.

What changes are now in effect?

The amount of child support a parent may be ordered to pay is still based on the income of each parent. However, some of the most important changes to the system include the following:

  • The minimum monthly amount per child increased from $50 to $80.
  • Payments should no longer exceed a payer’s income or the payer without a financial reserve.
  • Spending time with a child can reduce payment amounts for that child.
  • Each child will now get a standard amount, instead of a larger amount going toward the first child that was filed for.
  • Insurance payments for a child can be deducted from income when calculating support payments.

How might the changes impact me?

Although these changes are now in effect, it is important to note that they are not automatic. The changes apply to new child support orders, but existing orders will not change until their three-year review is completed.

If you would like your case reviewed sooner, you may be able to request a review and adjustment of the order. Either parent can do this, but there must have been a significant change in either your household or your former spouse’s household since the order was established or last adjusted.

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