Request and Collect Child Support Payments In Ohio Fast

Child Support Payments Request and Collect Child Support Payments In Ohio Fast

Request and Collect Child Support Payments In Ohio Fast

Life is expensive, especially when you have a child. When parents get divorced, the state where they live determines the amount of child support either parent needs to pay to the other to assist with raising the child financially. In Ohio, both parents are responsible for child support, and both incomes are used to determine the amount of support each parent has to pay until the child turns 18.

Unfortunately, in Ohio–as within other places–child support payments are not always given promptly due to financial struggles involving the payer and parents who don't take their financial obligations seriously. DoNotPay's Child Support product makes it easy for parents who are struggling to afford child support due to a change in their circumstances to request a modification while also helping parents who are owed back child support to send a demand letter seeking payment.

How Child Support Works in Ohio

In Ohio, child support is calculated by determining the gross incomes of both parents. From those incomes, deductions are made to these amounts to account for exclusions such as state and federal income taxes paid by each party, union dues, or spousal support that one parent is providingother. Generally, the higher-earning parent is responsible for footing higher costs. The six main costs that the court will consider when setting a support amount are:

  1. Food
  2. Clothing
  3. Shelter
  4. Medical Care
  5. Educational or Day Care Fees
  6. Transportation

Specific other considerations will also be made when determining child support, including:

  • Any special needs the child has that can result in additional expenses
  • Extraordinary obligations for other children and other court-ordered payments that either parent is making
  • How much time the child spends with each parent; generally extra time with the child results in additional expenses

Ohio Child Support Calculator

For a rough idea of how child support is calculated, input your own information below to get a ballpark idea of how much child support may be owed in your case.

Step One: Identify Income

List the monthly income for each parent then calculate the total combined monthly income (I) then identify the percentage that each parent contributes to that value (p1 and P2).

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)

Step Two: Identity Basic Parental Obligation

In order to calculate how much each parent would spend raising a child, use an expenditures table like the example below to list the associated costs of raising a child where you live.  Then sum the total expenditures (e) and multiply that by the number of children shared (n) for the total parental obligation (O).

Ordinary Expenses Associated With Raising Children
  • Housing: Rent, utilities, mortgage, property taxes, insurance, etc.
  • Apparel: Clothing, shoes
  • Food
  • Transportation: Finance charges, leases, gas & oil, maintenance & repairs, etc. o
  • Entertainment: Admission, lessons, activity fees, pets, toys, equipment o
  • Miscellaneous: Personal care, etc.
  • Education and Extracurricular Activities: Ordinary costs for education and extracurricular activities
Medical Insurance
  • Premiums
  • Dedicutables
  • Copays
  • Daycare
  • Pre-K education
  • After/before school care
Extraordinary Medical Expenses
  • Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses
  • Catastrophic illness or injury expenses

Once you have the sum of all expenditures, multiply that total by the percentage (as a decimal) each parent contributes to the monthly income in order to assign basic parental obligation.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly IncomeMonthly IncomeCombined Monthly Income (I)
%  of Combined Income (p1)% of Combined Income (p2)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))

Step Three: Make Physical Care Adjustments

Because the expenses of raising a child in two households are often duplicated, the basic child support obligation must be multiplied by 1.5 to account for the associated costs. Then, each parent’s proportional amount of the shared physical care obligation is multiplied by the percentage of time the other parent spends with the child.

The respective child support obligations are offset, with the parent owing more child support paying the difference between the child support amounts.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Basic Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Basic Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)Shared Physical Care Adjustment (A=O(1.5))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)
Obligee Child Support Obligation (s1=A(t1))Obligor Child Support Obligation (s2=A(t2))Total Child Support Owed by Obligor (S=s2-s1)

How to Collect Back Child Support

In Ohio, parents can pursue the collection of overdue child support through their local Child Support Enforcement Agency. Each county has one of these agencies. The workers at this agency will not provide you with personal information that they learn about the paying parent's financial status but can require you to give them information to make contacts with them, such as their phone number, last known address, or last place of employment. However, the problem with this method is that it can be time-consuming and will not necessarily result in the money being collected.

Another option is to hire an attorney experienced in family law who can help you pursue a judgment on the back child support in court. If you are awarded the judgment, you can then seek payment through methods such as wage garnishment or seizure of federal or state tax refunds. The downside to this option is that it can be expensive to pay an attorney to do the work.

How to Collect Back Child Support

If it has been at least 36 months since your child support order went into effect, you can request an administrative review of the order from your local child support enforcement agency. This will begin a process in which each parent will be required to submit their current incomes and other issues since the support order was put into place. Even before the 36 months have passed, you can request an administrative review if the order does not account for health insurance for the child and there has been a significant change in circumstances, such as the paying parent has lost their income.

Deal With Ohio Child Support Matters Easily With DoNotPay

If you need to modify a child support order due to changes in your financial status or your co-parent owes you back support, DoNotPay has you covered. Follow the simple steps below.

To Send a Demand Letter for Back Child Support in Ohio

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


And that's it. DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within two weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court.

To Modify Your Ohio Child Support Order

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
  2. Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
  3. Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement so that we can mail your request on your behalf.

Child Support Guides by State

Each state has different rules and regulations regarding child support, making the entire process confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, DoNotPay has child support guides for each state. Find yours below:

South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth CarolinaWisconsin

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

DoNotPay doesn't just provide a simple way to deal with child support matters. It offers simple ways to accomplish several time-consuming tasks. Some of the other tasks we can assist you with include:

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