COLUMBUS—The Ohio House today concurred on Senate amendments to House Bill 366, legislation sponsored by State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green). The bill 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


“It has taken multiple General Assemblies to fix Ohio’s quarter-century-old child support guidelines, but I am proud to announce today that the wait is over, as HB 366 has cleared both chambers of the legislature and is now headed to Governor Kasich’s desk for his signature,” Gavarone said. “Many families across the state are impacted by the child support system, so I feel great that we are going to give them a little more peace of mind by ensuring that more reliable and consistent payments are being made and received.”


House Bill 366, which is a Buckeye Pathway bill, passed the Ohio House in March with bipartisan support. The bill passed through the Senate with minor, technical amendments, which were today concurred upon by the House. House Bill 366 now heads to the desk of Governor Kasich.

 
 
 
  
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