Ohio parents: Major changes coming to child support laws

Ohio parents: Major changes coming to child support laws

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Major changes are coming to child support laws in Ohio.

The changes are expected to impact how child support is calculated. State Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) was the primary sponsor of the bill, which was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich.

Changes include monthly payments based on income, time spent with the child and who pays for the child's health insurance.

Many different factors go into figuring the amount of child support owed. Here are a few changes that parents could see, under the new law:

  • You could pay less child support if you don't have a lto of income. If your annual pay is $14,000 or less, your support payment would be calculated to not exceed your income or leave you without a cushion. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is rewriting the table that is the starting point for payments.
  • If you spend more time with your child, your support payment might decrease.
  • The parent who receives child support will be responsible for providing health insurance. The person who pays for insurance then could deduct the cost from their annual income when calculating child support.
  • Child support will pay for day care, but a cap will be put into place in calculating child support payments.
  • If you pay child support ot multiple people, you may see higher payments. These changes mean that each child would get a standard amount, rather than the current system that gives a larger amount to the first child whose parent files for support.

The changes are to go into effect in nine months.

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