This is the next post in a series of articles discussing child support modifications in Dayton, Ohio. Our previous post provided an overview of the topics we will review throughout this series. We encouraged parents engaged in custody and support disputes to contact an experienced attorney to assist with their case. In this article, we will look at the circumstances under which a parent may seek an adjustment of an existing child support order. Our attorneys have experience in a variety of child custody matters, including filing for and challenging requests to modify child support. If you need assistance, contact our office today to speak to a Dayton child custody lawyer.
General rules for modifying child support in Dayton, Ohio
Ohio law requires that parents support their child financially. The amount of each parent’s contribution is determined by a formula developed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The obligation to pay child support lasts until the child reaches the age of 18, or, as long as the child is attending high school on a full-time basis, the obligation may last until the child reaches the age of 19. During that time, the financial situation of either parent may change and it may be necessary to request a modification of the child support order. Ohio parents are entitled to an administrative adjustment review of their child support obligation every thirty-six months. In addition, changes in financial circumstances such as if a parent is laid off for thirty days or more, terminated from a job, or if there is a significant increase or decrease in income, may justify a review and modification of the child support order to reflect the new financial circumstances. It is important to note that changes in income related to anticipated seasonal reductions or layoffs may not be adequate grounds to update child support.
Changes in circumstances must be beyond a Dayton parent’s control
A parent who wishes to have an existing child support order adjusted must demonstrate that there has been a change in income and/or circumstances. Consider the following examples, a father normally pays $500.00 per month in support for his child. Due to a recession, his income has been involuntarily reduced by half and he requests that his child support obligation be reviewed. In this instance, a modification of his child support order may be likely. In the alternative, if a parent receives a five percent pay raise, that may not merit a change in the child support order unless it changes the support obligation by at least 10%.
Our firm understands that child support payment obligations can be complicated. We also understand that any modifications can leave the recipient in dire financial straits. We have experience pursuing adjustments and challenging unwarranted requests. Contact our office today to speak with a Dayton, Ohio child custody attorney. We also serve the areas of Beavercreek, Centerville, Clayton, Eaton, Englewood, Fairborn, Franklin, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Kettering, Oakwood, Lebanon, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Piqua, Riverside, Springboro, Springfield, Tipp City, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, Waynesville, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Yellow Springs, and Xenia.