For the first time in nearly 30 years, the state of Ohio has amended the child support guidelines that determine how financial support is awarded in divorce and custody cases. The new law, which took effect on March 28, 2019, means that some parents will be paying more, while others will be getting a break.
The new law raises the cap on the combined income considered for child support purposes from $150,000 to $300,000, meaning that higher income parents may pay more. However, the law also builds in some adjustments for parents whose children are with them for a certain number of overnights and changes the way health insurance premiums are treated.
Limitations are now in place as to when a court can impute income to a parent who is disabled and creates a standard income deduction for each of a parent’s children, even if they are under different support orders. This eliminates the “first to file” advantage that previously existed when a parent was subject to more than one child support order. Another change is a “self sufficiency reserve” that allows lower income individuals to retain more cash so they can better support themselves after having paid their child support obligation.
Support orders in effect prior to March 28, 2019, will remain in effect under the old law.
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