When divorcing or separating from one’s significant other and children are involved, one party will likely have to pay child support. It is generally how it goes. Ohio family law courts just want not make sure children have the financial support they need to be taken care of. Unfortunately, the child support issue can be a bit confusing. This column will address the basics of how child support works in Ohio.
Every state has a specific calculation for figuring out a base child support amount. The court will look at how many children require support, how much each parent makes and how much time the children will spend with each parent. All forms of income are considered when figuring out one’s support obligation. Once this base amount is determined, the court may increase how much the paying parent is responsible for depending on any extra needs of the affected children and what standard of living the children were used to when their parents were together.
After a child support order is issued, one may think it is final. This is not true. These orders are adjustable, but there needs to be sufficient cause for either parent to seek a modification — usually this requires showing that one has experienced a substantial change in circumstances.
The state of Ohio does have enforcement options if the paying parent fails to meet his or her financial obligation for his or her children. Those who are not receiving the support owed them can turn to legal counsel for assistance addressing the issue. On the flip-side, those struggling to meet their obligations may do the same.
At the end of the day, a child support order is meant to ensure the health and well-being of any children involved. The court will do its best to approve an order that serves that purpose and is fair for all parties in the matter. A family law attorney can help one fight for a fair and balanced support order.