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COLUMBUS – Ohio just updated the way it calculates how much parents owe in child support – for the first time in 26 years.
How children are raised – from splitting parenting duties to paying for health insurance – has changed dramatically since 1992, when Ohio last revised its child support calculations. To make matters worse, lawmakers then were relying on economic data from the mid-1980s.
Changes signed into law by Gov. John Kasich Friday will update how child support payments are calculated and make it easier to adjust those numbers in the future.
What you pay or what you receive will depend on many factors, but here are some changes you can expect:
- If you are paying the minimum monthly amount: The minimum amount of child support per month will increase from $50 to $80.
- If you don’t make much money: You might pay less. If you make $8,400 or less each year, you would pay the minimum monthly amount of $80. If you make about $14,000 or less each year, your child support payment cannot exceed your income or leave you without a buffer.
- If you make more money: You might pay more. How much more depends on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which will rewrite the table that serves as a starting point for…