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What can you pay for with child support funds?

Most states view child support as a way for parents to equalize the playing field when it comes to covering a child's basic necessities, including food, clothing and shelter. Some jurisdictions allow parents to request child support to pay for a broader range of costs, such as those associated with childcare, education, entertainment, extracurricular activities, medical care and transportation, though.

Child support obligations aren't completely set in stone in Ohio

Each parent must take care of their son or daughter financially. Raising a child is expensive, though. It's common for moms and dads to put up a fight to minimize their child support obligations. Ohio lawmakers have created a formula to aid parents in calculating how much they owe. There may be some wiggle room for moms and dads to negotiate deviations from the norm, though, too.

What penalties may you face if you stop paying child support?

Most every parent wants to provide the best for their children, however, sometimes people fall on hard times. You shouldn't keep quiet about your inability to pay the child support that you owe. You should let your Ohio attorney or case manager know right away if you're struggling to pay what is due each month. You may face some very harsh consequences if you simply stop paying without letting the court know the reason why.

Child support modifications for parents facing hardship

Child support is important for kids in Ohio. When both parents contribute to the well-being of the children, the kids have more opportunities and are much less likely to live in poverty. Child support assessments are based on parental income. However, those orders are based on the parents' income at the time the order was made, not on other factors that may develop later down the road. As a result, parents may find themselves facing difficulties meeting their child support obligations if they lose their jobs, suffer a health problem or develop a disability.

Child support agreements can be reached privately

Divorced parents in Ohio and throughout the country have the right to ask a judge to create child support orders for them. However, it may be better for individuals to come to an agreement on their own. Agreements may be reached in private or with the help of a mediator. Coming to terms on a child support agreement outside of court can be beneficial because the parents have more control over the process of negotiating the deal.

How owing back child support can affect a mortgage application

Noncustodial parents who want to apply for a mortgage in Ohio should be aware that child support is considered a type of debt. If there are overdue child support payments, they can be counted as a derogatory credit event and negatively impact the chances of being approved for a mortgage. However, having child support arrearages on one's credit record does not mean that it's impossible to qualify for a mortgage.

Location plays significant role in child support determinations

There are many factors taken into consideration when a divorcing parent in Ohio seeks child support. However, a factor that's not on most people's radar is location. According to a study published by a company that produces a web-based app to help parents with custody agreements, location plays a significant role in child support determination.

Agriculture Department supports child support mandate for SNAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a guidance to Ohio and the other states across the country urging state directors to implement new child support requirements for recipients of a major food assistance program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, serves around 40 million people across the country. Many SNAP recipients are single-parent families, especially as 37% of children in single-parent households are living in poverty. Now, the USDA is calling on state directors to implement a child support cooperation requirement in order for people to receive SNAP benefits.

How parents can seek the support they are owed

Ohio residents and others who are owed back child support have the right to seek it from the noncustodial parent. Those who choose to pursue back support must show several different forms of evidence to a judge to successfully do so. If the noncustodial parent is a male, he must know that he is the father of the child. In any case, a custodial parent must show that he or she made an effort to collect the money owed.

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