Ohio Child Support Factors

Either or both parents may be ordered to pay child support. Marital misconduct is not to be considered in this award. Health care insurance may be ordered to be provided for the child. Child support payments may be ordered to be paid through the state child support agency. There are official child support guidelines that are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount of the support award would be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances of a case. Factors which may be considered in adjusting a child support amount are: (1) special or unusual needs of a child; (2) obligations for other minor or handicapped children; (3) other court-ordered payments; (4) extended visitation or extraordinary costs for visitation; (5) mandatory wage deductions [including union dues]; (6) disparity in income between the parents’ households; (7) benefits that either parent receives from remarriage or sharing living expenses with others; (8) the amount of taxes paid by a parent; (9) significant contributions from a parent [including lessons, sports equipment, or clothing]; (10) the financial resources and earning capacity of the child; (11) the standard of living and circumstances of each parent and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (12) the physical and emotional conditions and needs of the child; (13) the medical and educational needs of the child; (14) the relative financial resources, other assets and resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent; (15) the need and capacity of the child for an education and the educational opportunities of the child; (16) the age of the child; (17) the earning ability of each parent; (18) the responsibility of each parent for the support of others; (19) the value of services contributed by the custodial parent; and (20) any other relevant factor. A child support computation worksheet is also contained in the statute. [Ohio Revised Code Annotated; Sections 3105.71 and 3113.217].

Ohio child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Ohio child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Ohio child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Ohio child support in the Ohio state statutes located at: