Ohio has specific child support guidelines for calculating the amount of child support one parent owes another. These child support guidelines provide lawyers and clients a starting point to begin discussing if and how child support and childcare costs will be paid. Though the guidelines are helpful, child support is often determined through the give and take of negotiation.
The Ohio guidelines use a mathematical formula based on the combined income of the parents and other factors, such as any social security benefits the child is receiving on behalf of one of the parents or child care costs. A child support order should cover the “normal” expenses of raising children. However there are many other issues that shoud be addressed; such as who claims the children for tax purposes who pays for extra-curricular activities and uninsured medical expenses, and who may be obligated for college expenses? Ohio law requires that child support be paid through the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA). Neither the court nor the parties may waive this requirement. Child support can always be altered if a substantial change in the circumstances occurs that was not contemplated when the parties decided child support issues.
Child support changes are usually negotiated by the clients and their lawyers, but if they are not able to resolve the issue, a court will decide if there have been enough significant changes to warrant either raising or lowering a support order.
At Newton Law Firm, we can help you with the following:
- Gather relevant information for child support calculations;
- Calulate and advocate for appropriate child support payments;
- Enforce child support rulings;
- Return to court for child support modifications.