Changes are coming to the way child support payments are calculated in Ohio

Ohio Statehouse News

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — How child support has been calculated in Ohio hasn’t changed since the early 1990’s, and back then they were still relying on economic data from the early 1980’s.

That is all about to change. 

Governor Kasich signed into law the first major changes to those calculations in decades last Friday. The changes go into effect in nine months.

The changes are not automatic. Parents will be forced to update their payments through a county child support enforcement agency or the court.

Here are some of the things you can expect to see change:

  • The parent’s child support payments could actually go down if they are spending a significant amount of time with their children.
  • Whoever pays for health insurance for the child will be able to deduct that amount from their income when calculating child support.
  • The minimum monthly payment on child support would increase from $50 to $80 for new orders.
  • If you make $8,400 or less you would pay the minimum $80 per month, and if you make $14,000 or less your payments cannot exceed your income or leave you without a buffer.
  • The table for how much you will pay if you make more than $14,000 is still being worked out by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

This was all done with the goal of collecting more money for children and to update a system that had not seen one in 26 years.

Additionally, parents who make between $10,000 and $40,000 paid 55% of their child support, according to a 2013 review of the system, while parents with higher paying jobs tended to pay a higher percentage.

Some believe that lowering the amount of monthly payments will make it easier for parents to meet their obligations resulting in a higher percentage overall.

The new law will also allow for the Department of Jobs and Family Services to make changes to how child support is calculated in the future instead of waiting for the legislature to act.

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