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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Establishing Medical and Child Support Orders

    Establishing Child and Medical Support Orders

    If child support enforcement becomes an issue, it is necessary to have a legal order spelling out the amount of the obligation and how it is to be paid. Establishing the order depends on several critical areas including locating the non-custodial parent, identifying what he or she can pay, and determining the financial needs of the child. The state of Ohio has support guidelines available to all people who determine child support amounts. Ohio guidelines consider the needs of the child, other dependents, and the ability of the parents to pay. Our office uses these guidelines unless they can be shown to be unfair to the child. If that is the issue, court involvement may be necessary for any deviations from these guidelines.

    If the case does not need to be heard by a judge, we have arrangements for establishing the support order by an administrative procedure. The hearing may be heard by an administrative hearing officer in our office.

    We can also include medical support in an order when employment related or any other group related health insurance is available at a reasonable cost. If health insurance was not available at the time of the original support order, the order can be modified later to include health care coverage when it does become available.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q.  How does the support officer find out about the other parent's income or assets? I know very little about what he owns or makes.

    A.  The caseworker will make every possible effort to identify the parent's employment, property owned, and any other sources of income or assets. This information will be verified before the support order is final.

    Q.  I can't get health insurance with my job but my ex-husband gets good benefits where he works. Can he be required to carry the children on his insurance?

    A.  Yes. Our office can petition the court to include medical support in any order for child support when employment related or other group health insurance is available to the non-custodial parent at a reasonable cost. Orders can also be modified to include health care coverage.

    Q. I s there a limit to the amount of money that can be taken from my paycheck for child support?

    A.  The amount that can be withheld from an employee's disposable wages is limited by the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act to 50 percent of disposable earnings if an obligated parent has a second family and 60 percent if there is no second family. These limits are each increased by 5 percent (to 55% and 65%) if payments are in arrears for a period equal to 12 weeks or more.

    Fact Sheet:
    Child Support Guidelines

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