After child support is decided by the court, there may be circumstances when a parent would like to have it changed. In Ohio, child support orders can generally be reviewed every 36 months from the date the order was put in place or the date it was last reviewed.
If it has been less than 36 months, the parent may still be able to request a review if certain criteria are met. These may include a change in employment or income status, disability, incarceration, or military service, among others.
Generally, an employment status review will consider if the parent has been unemployed or laid off through no fault of their own for at least 30 consecutive days.
An income review will consider whether the parent experienced at least a 30 percent decrease in gross income for 6 months, the circumstances of the income loss were out of the parent’s control and whether the parent expects that the loss of income will continue for an extended period of time.
The parent requesting the child support change must submit documentation to support the request. This may include employment documents, proof of public assistance, unemployment compensation benefits and/or a notarized personal statement. If the parent is required to provide supporting documentation and does not, the request may be denied.
Depending on the outcome of the review, the child support amount could go up, go down or it may stay the same.
Also, parents should be aware that they are responsible for medical insurance or if medical insurance coverage is not available at a reasonable cost, they may be responsible for an additional payment for this purpose.
An experienced attorney can provide representation to parents who need help with family law matters.