In Ohio, both parents have an obligation to care for a minor child after divorce. That care may be in the form of financial contributions, maintaining a stable home environment and other nurturing acts. These are some of the frequently asked questions about Ohio child support.

  • Who pays child support?

A biological, adoptive or parent who is willingly listed on a minor's birth certificate has a duty to pay child support. A father's parenthood can also be determined through a paternity test. And, anyone who acknowledges paternity in probate court can be obligated to pay support.

  • How long does child support last?

The obligation to pay child support runs until the child reaches the age of majority (18) or is emancipated. The age may be extended in Ohio while the child attends an accredited high school or suffers a disability.

  • How is child support calculated?

The Ohio Supreme Court has established child support guidelines. The court will use a worksheet to arrive at the correct amount. A different amount can be imposed if the court decides the payment is not appropriate or unfair.

  • How is a parent's income determined?

The court will add up each parent's total gross income from all earned and unearned income. These may include:

  • Salaries
  • Wages
  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Interest
  • Rent
  • Dividends
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Disability Benefits
  • Spousal Support From A Third Party

Basically, any and all income can be included in the total for the purposes of calculating child support.

  • Can child support be modified?

The short answer is: Yes. Any time there is a significant change in financial circumstances, the court can revisit child support payments and make appropriate changes.

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