How Is Child Support Calculated in Ohio with Shared Parenting?

Child support is calculated using a formula that shows each parent’s obligation to a child.

When you’re getting a divorce, you may be worried about how you’re going to cover your children’s care. Thankfully, you may be eligible to receive child support, even if you and your ex-spouse will have joint custody of your children.

How Child Support Is Determined With Shared Parenting

Usually, when it comes to child support, one parent will pay the other support each month until the child turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever one comes later. In most cases, the non-residential parent will pay the residential parent, which means the one with primary custody will receive support. But if both parents pretty much have equal parenting time and responsibilities, then one parent — whether they are residential or non-residential — can petition for child support as long as they earn less.

Calculating Child Support in Ohio

You can determine how much child support you could potentially receive by using Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services’ child support calculator. You will need to know your monthly gross income including any benefits you receive, like Social Security, disability, or unemployment. You’ll also input information on how many children you have and if there are any adjustments. Then, the calculator will come up with the percentage that shows your support obligation. The court will typically determine that you are meeting your obligation if you are the residential parent. Then, they will decide how much the other parent will pay based on the calculation.

Contacting Richard P. Arthur

Richard P. Arthur, Attorney at Law, can help you when it comes to child support issues. You can call 937-254-3738 for a consultation. He has nearly three decades of experience advocating for families in Dayton and Trotwood, as well as Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, and Warren counties.