COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauded the Ohio House for passage of legislation that updates Ohio’s quarter-century-old child support guidelines.

Ohio law stipulates guidelines for courts and child support agencies to use when determining the outcome of child support orders. Matters such as economic tables, parenting time, and health insurance coverage are all outlined in the code, but have not been updated since 1992. With the support of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and several county child support enforcement agencies, the bill aims to modernize and streamline the child support payment process.

The bill includes the following provisions:
• Updates the economic tables used to calculate child support payments, ensuring that child support orders are appropriate across the various income levels;
• Modernizes healthcare coverage guidelines through various changes, including aligning parental responsibilities with the Affordable Care Act;
• Creates a standard deduction for child support payments when a parent has multiple orders, with the goal of equalizing orders and treating all children the same;
• Caps the allowable credit for shared childcare expenses at the statewide average and
• Implements a parenting time adjustment to standard child support orders to take into account the amount of time a non-custodial parent spends with their child.

“I am proud to join my colleagues in reforming child support guidelines in Ohio,” said Rep. Anielski. “I look forward to maintaining quality standards that will ensure Ohio’s children are treated with care and given a bright future.”

House Bill 366, which is a Buckeye Pathway bill, passed the floor with unanimous, bipartisan support and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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