An Ohio Child Support Attorney article about deviations from the Ohio child support guidelines amount.
Notice I said COURT, not Child Support Enforcement Agency, or CSEA. That is because the CSEA does not have the LEGAL AUTHORITY to issue a child support order for more or less than the statutory child support guidelines amount, unless the parties agree. In contrast, when the Court makes a child support award, the Court may order a child support amount which is higher or lower than the guidelines amount. Ohio Revised Code 3119.23 sets forth the situations in which a court may consider raising or lowering child support from the guidelines amount. Click here for the most current version of 3119.23.