Child Support Calculator

Ohio Child Support Calculator

When you consider divorce, you need to figure out how you'll support yourself and your kids; we know how stressful that situation can be, so we've created an educational child support calculator designed to help you learn more about the process.

Ohio has two guidelines regarding child support calculations:

  • Sole custody/shared parenting child support guidelines: The state calculates the amount of support to be paid to the parent the child lives with. The court starts with a basic calculation that considers the income and expenses of both parents and then tweaks the figures if needed; adjustment can be based on a variety of factors, from the amount of time the child spends with each parent to pre-existing obligations and even special needs. Our child support calculator is designed to cover all of the factors considered in the guidelines and give you an estimate based on your own expenses and income.
  • Split parenting child support: This formula is used when there is more than one child, and the children reside with different parents. This situation is far less common, since the court generally prefers to keep kids together, but it can happen. Split parenting child support is not covered by the Ohio Child Support Calculator below. If you have this situation, one of our divorce attorneys can help you get an idea of what to expect from the process.

How To Use The Calculator

Our calculator is for educational use only, but it follows the most important Ohio guidelines; you just need to input the correct information in each field.

Income: Input the total gross income for each party. Your gross pay is the amount earned before any taxes or deductions are taken out. Deductions could include health insurance, retirement, 401(K) contributions, FSA or HAS funds and related amounts.

Other income: What else do you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse do to earn an income. Spousal support, income from a second job or occasional work needs to go into this column.

Self employed: If you are self-employed, this section allows you to input gross income and expenses to get a net total. Your tax returns should contain this information, usually on a Schedule C form. It can be difficult to really pinpoint how much a self-employed person makes; a divorce attorney can help you untangle this figure and make sure child support is properly calculated.

Benefit income: Do either of you receive unemployment, workers' compensation or disability? How about regular distribution of other monetary benefits? That information goes here.

Deductions: Your tax deductions for having kids, any child support, child care or related expenses go into this section.

Health care: Who provides health care benefits for the family? Highlight the correct parent here, along with any uncovered expenses you may have.

Once you have entered as much information as you can, use the "calculate payment" button to get an idea of the amount of child support the noncustodial parent would have to pay. While only the court has the ability to determine the final amount, this figure can help you plan and give you an idea of what to expect.

Educational Purposes Only

The rules for calculating child support in Ohio can be overwhelming, so we created this calculator to help provide an estimate of what to expect. This calculator is for educational purposes only; you'll need to consult with an attorney to get a true idea of what to expect.

The more accurate the data you input are, the better; your divorce attorney can help you work through the details and ensure that your child support is calculated correctly. The right calculations are essential, since they will impact the amount of money you pay or receive after divorce. The court can adjust the amounts paid based on your individual circumstances; your attorney can also help you determine which factors could impact your child support amounts.

Child support is a complex topic in Ohio, and the best way to make sure your children receive the right amount of benefits is to consult with a qualified attorney. Contact us if you are concerned about child support and to learn more about what to expect from the process. We're committed to helping you through this difficult time and ensuring that you and your children gain the best possible outcome.

Data for the table supplying child support amounts are drawn from the Ohio Child Support Guidelines R.C. Section 3119.021: Basic Child Support Schedule.