Child Support changes, did you know about them?

In Ohio, about 30% of the families that are supposed to receive child support payments do not receive anything at all.  Most experts believe that the payments are not being made because the child support payments are too high for the non-custodial parent to make.  In response to this crisis, Ohio lawmakers have passed House Bill 366 in June of this year and it has been signed into law by the Governor.  This new law will take effect in March of 2019, but some provisions already went into effect in September of 2018.  The purpose of the law was to revamp the child support system here in Ohio.  The last time the child support structure was changed was back in 1992.   

The changes that will go into effect are an attempt to ensure more support money for the children and their custodial caregivers.  The income tables used to determine child support payment amounts are being rewritten to bring the payment schedule into the 21st Century.  Currently, the minimum payment that someone can pay for child support is $50 per month.  This amount will be raised to $80 per month. 

This also means that if you have multiple orders, your total payment may change.  Currently, if you have children with more than one person, the first parent to file for child support generally gets more than subsequent filing parents.  These provisions will change that to ensure that each child starts out at a similar payment amount.   

Of course, if you can’t afford to pay the minimum support order, there are still steps you can take to pay less.  Included in the law is something called the “self-sufficiency” reserve.  Basically, this reserve is an adjustment that will be made to child support orders for low-income parents to make sure they can actually meet their obligations.  This will also prevent payors from getting caught in an endless cycle of arrears. 

There is also a provision in this new law that will reduce your child support payment if you split parenting time with the custodial parent and spend a considerable amount of time with your child.  Shared child care costs will also be limited based upon the state’s average cost for those services.  The parent who receives the child support payments is also going to be responsible for the child’s health insurance and general medical expenses, which they can deduct from their income when calculating child support payments. 

These are only a few of the changes that will be effective as of March 2019.  Since 1992, changes regarding income levels, the increase in shared parenting and child care costs have changed drastically.  This law is an attempt to not only increase child support payments and benefits, but to also make the orders for those payments more affordable to those low-income parents that cannot currently meet their obligation. 

If you think your child support order needs re-calculated, call for a FREE consultation.
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