Understanding child support modifications

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2024 | Child Custody |

Child support payments are not always set in stone. In Ohio, support modifications are permissible under specific circumstances.

To prepare yourself for this possibility it is important to be aware of the conditions which may require you to increase your child support.

Initial child support determination

Child support obligations are typically established during divorce or separation proceedings. The basis for payment includes various factors, such as income, number of children and healthcare expenses.

You can receive an estimate of your obligations using the state’s calculator. Once a child support order is in place, both parents must adhere to the specified amount.

Change in circumstances

The main aspect of child support modifications is a significant change in circumstances. Ohio courts may consider adjustments if there is a notable change in income for either parent, alterations in the child’s needs or changes in healthcare coverage. Note that minor fluctuations may not warrant a modification.

Income changes

If there is a noticeable increase in the income of the parent responsible for child support, the court may consider a modification. Conversely, if the parent receiving support experiences a substantial increase or reduction in income, it could also impact the support arrangement.

Consideration of needs

The courts prioritize the well-being of the child. If expenses relating to education, healthcare or extracurricular activities increase, the court may reassess your child support payment to ensure the child’s needs are adequately met.

Healthcare coverage

Alterations in healthcare coverage can also be a valid reason for seeking child support modification. If there are changes in insurance premiums or coverage, it may impact your obligation.

Process for modification

Initiating a modification requires filing a petition. The court will carefully review the evidence and determine the validity of the proposed modifications. If the court finds that there has been a significant change in circumstances, it may adjust the child support order accordingly.

Understanding the criteria for an increase can ensure that child support obligations align with the evolving needs of the child and the financial situations of the parents.