Child support laws can be quite complicated, and this is even more true when one considers the fact that these laws vary by state. Ohio statute is very clear on the amount of child support that must be paid, but the law still contains several nuances that can affect this amount. Some situations, for instance, could lead to a parent paying child support past the child reaching the age of 18.
When determining the amount of child support that a parent will have to pay in Ohio, the courts first combine the incomes of both parents. This sum is then taken and compared to a chart used across the state that will reveal, based on their combined income, the financial support necessary between both parents to care for the child. The courts will then look at what percentage of the combined total income each parent earns, and the paying parent's percentage then becomes his or her child support obligation.