Cincinnati Family Law & Divorce Blog: What is Changing in 2019 with Ohio Child Support?

Big changes are coming to the calculation of child support in Ohio. A bill has passed modifying the child support guidelines that have been in place since the 1980s. The new statute and worksheet are effective March 29, 2019. A few of the major changes include:


  1. The tables used to determine the amount of child support needed for each child was updated. This means that the same combined incomes may now result in a different child support obligation.
  2. There is a self -sufficiency reserve to cap child support orders regardless of the number of children. This reserve changes based on income.
  3. The guideline tables now include combined gross income up to $300,000. Under the pre-2019 law, this maximum was $150,000.
  4. Automatic child support reduction from the guideline of 10% for a parent exercising more than 90 overnights per year.
  5. The factors a court can consider to deviate from the guideline child support are expanded and include the payment of college tuition for emancipated children.
  6. Parent receiving support is presumed to provide health insurance coverage.
  7. Cash medical support will be added to every support order to assist the receiving parent’s cost of medical insurance.
  8. Childcare expenses are now capped and determined based on the age of the child. The worksheet will not credit any childcare expenses for children 12 and older.
  9. Reviews and adjustments by the CSEA will apply prior deviations from the child support guidelines. Under pre-2019 law, only a court could apply a deviation.


While these are just the highlights, there are many other nuances to the new calculations. Neither the Court or CSEA will automatically review current orders based on the law change, so if a specific request will need to be made before any of these changes will be implemented for your order. It is essential to consult with an attorney about the implications of this change to your current order or how it may impact a future support obligation.