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What are some common misunderstandings about child support?

If you pay child support in Ohio, there may be many things you are not certain about. Even if you pay your support on time every time, there may still be things you wonder about. The system is complex and often confusing, so it can help to get some clarity on different points.

A common question involves how child support is calculated. According to the Ohio Bar Association, calculations for child support are made using both parents' income. Adjustments are made to the income to allow for living costs. The court's ruling is not always final because modifications can be made at later dates when major changes occur. Support payment amounts may be adjusted due to things such as the loss of a job, changing jobs, a child turning 18 or if the needs of the child change. 

While you are most likely to pay child support if your child does not live with you or lives with the other parent for more time than with you, this is not always the case. It relies on incomes and the time the child spends with each of you. The court is able to assign support as it sees fit to best benefit the child.

Typically, you will stop paying child support when your child turns 18, but this is not always the case. You may have to pay until your child graduates high school or even when he or she goes to college. If your child is disabled, you may longer as well. 

Finally, it is important to understand child support and visitation are not connected. If you do not pay, it does not mean you cannot see your children. At the same time, if you are being refused time with your child, it does not mean you can stop paying. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

 

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