August 12, 2020
Courts in Ohio determine child support based on a worksheet. This worksheet includes the incomes of both parents up to a maximum combined income of $300,000, the cost to provide health insurance, and the work related child care costs for the children, which are limited to a certain amount, depending on the age of each child. After providing all necessary inputs, the worksheet determines the guideline child support obligation. This obligation is presumed to be in the best interest of the child(ren). However, the Court can deviate from this presumed amount if the Court finds that such a deviation would be in the best interest of the children. The court can consider many factors when determining whether a deviation is appropriate, some of which include: extended parenting time, the relative financial resources and incomes of the parties, the benefits of either parent's remarriage or shared living expenses, significant in kind...