Child Support

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When a marriage or relationship with children dissolves, parents want to know how they are going to be able to support themselves and their children. As part of our effort to educate people going through separation and/or divorce, this page is intended to provide basic information as to how child support may be calculated under Ohio law. If you have not used our child support calculator, please read the information below. If you have used our child support calculator before, then simply click here to scroll down to the SRT&DLaw Ohio Child Support Calculator.

The Ohio Revised Code sets forth two guidelines for calculating child support. Under the more common (which is generally referred to as Sole Custody/Shared Parenting Child Support Guidelines); child support is calculated to be paid by one parent to the other parent with whom the child (ren) primarily reside. Once this calculation is done, the court has the ability to deviate from that amount after taking into consideration the unique circumstances of the case such as the amount of parenting time allocated to the parents, or special obligations or needs of children, and so forth... This child support calculator can be a valuable tool for a parent that may be commencing a separation/divorce action and is interested in determining what the potential child support obligation may be.

The other calculation is called Split Parenting Child Support Guidelines. It is used when the parties have more than one child and each parent has at least one child primarily residing with him/her. It is uncommon for courts to split up children, however, it can happen. That child support calculation is not provided here.

In Ohio, there is a provision called “Cash Medical Support”. It requires parties to a child support order to provide two calculations to the court. One of which is a support order when private health insurance for the child(ren) is available and the other is when neither party has private health insurance available. This SRT&DLaw Ohio Child Support Calculator will only provide an estimate “Cash Medical” support obligation should you select that Healthcare is not provided. See below.

How to use the SRT&DLaw Ohio Child Support Calculator: First, you need to use ANNUAL GROSS INCOME figures. This is the total amount of your pay before any deductions are taken for taxes, health insurance, 401k contributions, etc. . If you receive alimony (spousal support) put that amount under “Other Income”. Put in ANNUAL expenses such as childcare, taxes, and health insurance where asked. Local taxes are generally 1-2% of your gross income.. The SRTDlaw Ohio Guideline Child Support Calculator is based on Ohio Child Support Guidelines and can be used to estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered in your case. When you have completed the form, click on the “calculate” button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-residential parent may have to pay to the residential parent. Please remember that only the Child Support Enforcement Agency or Court has the final authority to determine the amount of a child support order. Run as many calculations as you like. Keep in mind that during litigation, this can become complex. Persons who are self-employed may have income that is not readily identifiable. This is where the right legal representation can make a difference. Please contact us at 216.589.9600 or 440.933.0878 or


Please remember that this calculator is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The amount of child support a court may order for a case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator. An individual's actual child support obligation may only be established by the court or an administrative determined by the Child Support Enforcement Agency order in accordance with the laws of Ohio.

Overtime, Bonus and Commissions For The Past 3 Years:

*Number of children times Federal Income Tax Exemption ($3,700) less child support received. Not to exceed the federal tax exemption*
(Total Cost of insurance to cover kids ONLY.  Either contact your employer's human resources department or guess that it is normally between 30-70% of total insurance cost.)

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