Child Support

“Child support is defined as an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child”¹. This usually follows the end of a marriage or other relationship. The parties involved are an obligor, or the party who pays support directly or indirectly, and the obligee(the party who receives support). The obligee is typically a custodial parent, caregiver, guardian, or the state.

Who is responsible for the support?

Under Ohio law, several factors contribute to liability. Responsibility can be placed on “the biological parent of a child, a man determined to be the natural father pursuant to law, an adoptive parent, a parent acknowledging paternity on the birth certificate, or a parent who acknowledged paternity in probate court.”² All of the above conditions are in addition to the duties of support imposed by marrying the child’s guardian.

How long do I have to pay?

In most cases, you will be obligated to pay child support until the child reaches the age of 18 or is emancipated before reaching adult age. The obligation will continue beyond the age of 18 as long as the child attends a recognized and accredited high school on a full time basis.  This is in addition to the support necessary beyond the age of 18 for a person with mental or physical disabilities.

How much will I have to pay?

Each case of child support is calculated based on the guidelines established by the Ohio Supreme Court. There is a worksheet that is used and the process is based on your income. You will need an attorney to get the fairest treatment. Jeff Milbauer’s law office is here for you!

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¹http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_support
²http://www.divorcenet.com/states/ohio/ohfaq07