Helping You Receive A Fair Child Support Determination

Ohio family courts always strive to ensure that children involved in family law matters have adequate support from their parents. Whether the case involves divorce, paternity or custody between unmarried parents, a child support determination is an extremely important part of the case. If you are the parent seeking child support, you want to make sure all of your child's expenses and basic needs are sufficiently covered. If you are the parent who will pay child support, you want to make sure the required monthly amount is not so high that you are unable to cover your own basic expenses. No matter which side of a child support determination you may be on, you should always have an experienced child support attorney representing your best interests.

Child Support Calculations In Ohio

According to Ohio law, child support determinations are based on a statutory formula, which requires the following:

  • First, the court must determine the total combined income for both of the parents. Though such a determination may be relatively easy if both parents earn a salary or steady hourly wage, it becomes much more difficult for self-employed parents or parents with variable income.
  • Next, the court uses a child support schedule provided in the statute to determine how much support the children should be provided per year based on the total amount of income and the number of children at issue. We've simplified this into an educational child support calculator for you.
  • Finally, the court orders the payer to provide a certain percentage of the total support amount based on the percentage of total income he or she earns.

For example, imagine two parents each make $30,000 per year and have one child. The child support schedule states that one child whose parents earn $60,000 total should receive $8,000 in support per year. If the father is the parent paying child support, the court would take into account that he earns 50 percent of the total income and would therefore order him to pay 50 percent of the total support. This would add up to $4,000 per year or $334 per month.

Child support calculations are not always this simple, however, as other factors may come into play. Such factors may include any special needs or expenses of a child, special expenses of a parent and more. Courts also have the discretion to deviate from the statutory formula by a certain amount when circumstances justify such a deviation. For this reason, the basic formula in the statute is only a starting point to estimate child support payments.

Contact An Experienced Lawyer For Assistance

At the Cleveland family law firm of Laubacher & Co., we understand the significant impact a child support order may have on your life and the lives of your children. We strive to make sure that all child support rulings are fair, in line with Ohio law and, most importantly, provide adequate support for your child. If you have a case involving child support, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 440-462-1882 for assistance today.