Child Support

Coronavirus and Child Support: What to Do if Your Income Has Changed

Every day, we are getting more news about the coronavirus and most of it is discouraging: more and more people are getting sick, many are dying, and a vaccine may be more than a year away.  As if the health news isn’t enough of a burden, it is accompanied by an economic tsunami. With so […]

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Collecting Overdue Child Support in Ohio

As family law attorneys, we are frequently asked by clients what they can do about enforcing court orders and collecting child support that is due, but unpaid. They may have a co-parent who is paid under the table, has unreliable or fluctuating income, is self-employed, or who manages to dodge payments in other ways. They […]

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Deviating From the Ohio Child Support Guidelines

In 2018, there was a major overhaul to Ohio child support law, in an effort to bring it (literally) into the 21st century and account for the realities that modern families must deal with. While the new guidelines more closely reflect the needs of Ohio families, there remain some situations in which ordering child support […]

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What are Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Health Care Expenses?

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As you may be aware, Ohio child support law was recently updated for the first time in 25 years. These changes were overdue and necessary, but because they are significant, they are likely to be confusing to those who have to deal with them. One of the major changes has to do with ordinary and […]

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Child Care and Ohio Child Support

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If you have young children and you have a job, there’s a good chance you use paid child care. While some people are lucky enough to have a family member or friend watch their kids while they work, many parents, especially single parents, need to pay for care. If you are paying, or receiving, Ohio […]

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Adjustments to Ohio Child Support for Other Children and Health Insurance

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The last time Ohio child support underwent major changes, the year was 1992. Back then, a first-class stamp cost 29 cents, many people had never even used email, and a gallon of gas was $1.13. Clearly, a lot has changed since those days, and it was time for child support to change, too. In 2018, […]

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Imputing Income for Ohio Child Support—What’s Changed

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A lot can change in a quarter of a century: presidential administrations, fashions, hairlines and waistlines, to name a few. One thing that had not changed in a quarter-century was Ohio’s child support guidelines. In 2018, the Ohio House passed House Bill 366, bringing Ohio child support law into the 21st century at last. HB […]

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What is “Gross Income” For Ohio Child Support Purposes?

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For the first time in about 25, years, there is an updated version of the Ohio Child Support Guidelines. There have been a number of changes intended, quite literally, to bring the guidelines into the 21st century. The cost of living increased nearly 42% in the ten years from 1982 to 1992; from 1992 to […]

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Parenting Time Adjustment for Ohio Child Support

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Ohio’s child support guidelines have gotten a significant overhaul for the first time since 1992. This will affect every Ohio family with a child support order—new or modified—after the effective date of the updated guidelines: March 28, 2019. There are a lot of moving parts to the new law, far more than we can address […]

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Child Support After 18 in Ohio

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When does child support terminate in Ohio? If you said when the child turns eighteen, you’re right—mostly. Child support does not automatically terminate when a child turns eighteen. In some cases, child support can continue until a child turns nineteen, or even longer. Here’s what you need to know about child support after eighteen in […]

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