How is Child Support Determined in Ohio?
Ohio law requires that the amount of child support be calculated under child support guidelines. The law sets basic support schedules that must be used to determine the proper amount of child support, based on the number of children and the combined gross income of the parents, as well as other factors and/or credits. The support schedules are based off of guidelines set by the State of Ohio.
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To determine the appropriate amount of child support, the court calculates each parent’s gross income. The gross incomes are combined and the total is used to locate the proper amount on the support guidelines set by the State. If spousal support is awarded, it is added the income of the recipient and deducted from the income of the payor. Additionally, costs of medical insurance and necessary child care are factored in, and the resulting child support obligation is divided according to the percentages of each party’s income to their total combined annual income.
The amount of child support determined by these calculations is presumed appropriate and considered to be the guideline support. However, the court has discretion to deviate from the basic guideline support where the amount would be inequitable or not in the best interest of the minor child. The court also issues order for medical insurance and uncovered insurance expenses. Child support is paid through a wage or bank account deduction and administered by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.
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