In 2019, Ohio updated its child support laws for the first time since 1992. The new law took effect on March 28th, 2019.
Some highlights include:
- Child support calculations are now based on both gross income and imputed income. Imputed income is the value of any services or benefits employers give employees.
- A new “self-sufficiency reserve” allows for some people whose income is below 116% of the federal poverty level to pay less in child support.
- The standard minimum monthly payment increased from $50 to $80 a month.
- The court would reduce an annual child support obligation by 10% if the person ordered to pay child support has the child for over 90 nights (about every other weekend and one night per week). The 10% decrease can be eliminated if the parent does not actually care for the child for at least 90 nights.
- Capping childcare expenses. The current annual caps are:
For children aged 0-17 months, $11,464
For children aged 18-35 months, $10,025
For children aged 3-5 years, $8,600
For children aged 6-12 years, $7,290
- Accounting for actual out-of-pocket expenses for the child’s health insurance. Whoever furnishes and pays for health insurance for the child or children can now deduct the entire cost of health insurance from their income for purposes of calculating child support, no matter who is covered by that insurance.
- Orders for multiple children will no longer be designed so that the first support order is automatically higher than subsequent orders.
- Child support guidelines will be reviewed at least once every four years for needed changes but can be reviewed more often.
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