If you are a parent going through a divorce in Ohio, you likely have concerns about what the judge’s decision will be. Alimony, child custody and support are all worries that divorcing parents have. Understanding the basics about child support can help you prepare and understand what might happen. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm have provided this guide to educate you on the state’s policies for child support.
The Ohio State Bar Association claims that child support is almost exclusively paid by the parent with whom the children live for the majority of the time. In cases where this parent has the highest income or when time division is equal, the custodial parent may actually be required to pay some child support. Other exceptions may apply if one parent makes a significant contribution that benefits the child. This determination will be up to the judge.
One of the main goals of a child support order is to attempt to enable the same standard of living that he or she enjoyed prior to the divorce. To calculate the appropriate amount, both incomes are combined and adjustments are made by each parent. These can include costs for caring for the children, income taxes and other charges that will be unique to each parent. From the amount that is left, a guideline amount of child support will be used as a starting point to determine the amount you should pay or be paid.
There are many other factors that must be considered and will affect the final outcome. To learn more about child support in Ohio, visit our web page.