COLUMBUS—State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) today applauded the Ohio House for passage of legislation she sponsored 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 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
• 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

“Having worked on child support issues for over 20 years, I understand the frustration everyone involved in the process deals with because of the antiquated guidelines,” Gavarone said. “Unfortunately, the attempts in recent years to make these long overdue changes never really progressed, so that makes it even more special that we were able to get the bill out of the House today with a unanimous vote.”

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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