Child Support in Ohio
Direct, Compassionate Legal Assistance from a Franklin County Lawyer
All parents in the United States are required by law to support their children.
In divorced households, child support is determined by the court to ensure
that both parents, regardless of custody, provide for the basic needs
of their children.
Child support includes provision for basic needs, such as:
- Health insurance
- Tutoring and education
- Summer camps
- Other ancillary-but-important needs
Who Has to Pay Child Support?
Ohio law dictates that that biological parents, adoptive parents, and anyone
who has acknowledged paternity in a legal document are all required to
pay child support. Keep in mind that in Ohio, child support is in addition
to the parental duty of support that all Ohio married couples are subject
to. It is worth mentioning that child support laws apply to biological
and legal parents, which includes
unmarried couples. Our law firm assists unmarried parents who need to arrange their child's
How is Child Support Calculated?
The state of Ohio uses a document that contains the child support guidelines,
by which all Ohio judges will calculate child support. This document takes
into account each parent's gross income, which includes all money
that they receive on an annual basis (excluding government benefits like
food stamps or disability assistance). This includes all wages, commissions,
worker's compensation benefits, and social security benefits, and
any other income.
If the court has reason to believe that a parent is purposefully choosing
to not work or quits a job to avoid paying child support, the court will
force that parent to pay according to "potential income," or
the money they would be making if they were working. In short, no parent
of reasonable health and earning potential has the ability to forego their
obligation to pay child support.
Choose a Lawyer Who Can Fight For Your Family
Richard L. Morris Co., L.P.A. knows that a divorce proceeding can be a
difficult time. We assure you that when you walk into our office, you
won't work with anyone but our attorney. If you need answers, you'll
get them quickly and considerately, often within the hour. Attorney Richard
Morris is dedicated to serving the needs of his clients, no matter the
nature of the case. Whether you are seeking child support from your ex-spouse,
or you are seeking to modify your child support orders, you cannot afford
to face court proceedings alone. With 25 years of experience in Ohio divorce
law, Attorney Morris has the insight and knowledge to ensure that your
rights are protected as you seek a beneficial solution for your entire family.
Contact our law firm at (614) 656-4252 for a
free initial consultation.