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Ohio House Unanimously Passes Updates To Child Support Laws

Ohio House
State Rep. Theresa Gavarone

Ohio’s child support system hasn’t been updated since 1992. Some Ohio lawmakers say it’s high time to do that.

Republican state Rep. Theresa Gavarone’s bill updates the economic tables used to calculate child support, caps shared childcare expenses and adjusts payments for parents who share custody.

“The overriding goal of these changes are to make sure that parents who are receiving child support are getting realistic regular payments,” Gavarone says. “I mean, there are people out there who just cannot pay the support that is ordered.”

Gavarone’s bill, HB 366, passed the Ohio House unanimously on Wednesday. A similar bill has passed the Senate, and it’s now up to lawmakers in both chambers to figure out a compromise. 

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.