New Ohio laws will significantly impact future child support rulings. If you will need to file for child support, it is important to know how these changes will affect you.
The following are a few ways the new laws will impact cases:
- Revisited income tables: The state has updated the income tables and ranges to better fit modern economic incomes. Low-income individuals will not have to pay as much as before.
- Income guidelines: The typical child support payment guidelines begin at a minimum combined annual gross income of $8,400 and a maximum of $300,000.
- Increased minimum payment: Where before, minimum child support was $50 per month, it is now $80 per month.
- Multiple family modifications: Before, if someone applied for child support and their partner had other children, or already had a child support arrangement with another parent, courts deducted this amount from their considered income for the newest child support arrangement. This meant that the first child to receive child support would always receive more, instead of every child receiving equal amounts. Now, all children are equal because the new law eliminated the deduction.
- Medical coverage: In most cases, the parent who receives child support will also provide medical coverage.
- Child Care Credit cap: You cannot claim more tax credit related to child care than the maximum statewide average.
Too often, people lose their visitation privileges over child support issues. When many unfortunate coincidences lead to a lapse in payment, it can spark a series of unreliable visits and payments or a serious disruption in the relationship between parent and child.
These and other changes aim to help the most vulnerable people who need child support or need to pay it. If you are concerned about how the new laws will affect your case, explore your legal options today.