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How a court decides whether your Ohio child support should be higher or lower than the child support guidelines amount.

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.

The court may consider any of the following factors in determining whether to grant a deviation pursuant to section 3119.22 of the Revised Code:

(A) Special and unusual needs of the children;

(B) Extraordinary obligations for minor children or obligations for handicapped children who are not stepchildren and who are not offspring from the marriage or relationship that is the basis of the immediate child support determination;

(C) Other court-ordered payments;

(D) Extended parenting time or extraordinary costs associated with parenting time, provided that this division does not authorize and shall not be construed as authorizing any deviation from the schedule and the applicable worksheet, through the line establishing the actual annual obligation, or any escrowing, impoundment, or withholding of child support because of a denial of or interference with a right of parenting time granted by court order;

(E) The obligor obtaining additional employment after a child support order is issued in order to support a second family;

(F) The financial resources and the earning ability of the child;

(G) Disparity in income between parties or households;

(H) Benefits that either parent receives from remarriage or sharing living expenses with another person;

(I) The amount of federal, state, and local taxes actually paid or estimated to be paid by a parent or both of the parents;

(J) Significant in-kind contributions from a parent, including, but not limited to, direct payment for lessons, sports equipment, schooling, or clothing;

(K) The relative financial resources, other assets and resources, and needs of each parent;

(L) The standard of living and circumstances of each parent and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage continued or had the parents been married;

(M) The physical and emotional condition and needs of the child;

(N) The need and capacity of the child for an education and the educational opportunities that would have been available to the child had the circumstances requiring a court order for support not arisen;

(O) The responsibility of each parent for the support of others;

(P) Any other relevant factor.



  1. B says

    Does the CSEA take in to consideration the amount of schools loans I owe for myself ($2,000/mth.) in to the calculation of child support?

  2. Ryan says

    What are the laws about a non-residential parent paying past due (back) child support in the state of Ohio?

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