A bill introduced in the Ohio General Assembly last week would mark Ohio's first substantial child support overhaul in nearly 20 years, said, Sen. Shirley Smith, the bill's sponsor.
"Ohio's child support laws are outdated and no longer effectively serve the children meant to benefit from them," Sen. Smith said in a recent Toledo News article.
"(Payments) have not been adjusted for inflation, there is no adequate schedule for shared parenting agreements and support for medical expenses is poorly contrived," Sen. Smith said. "Ohio currently uses a payment schedule with figures from 1992. The 18-year-old numbers are outdated and need to be adjusted for rises in inflation. This bill also houses provisions that will set up a council to examine and adjust the payment schedule every four years, so Ohio will not (have) this problem again."
The bill was rooted in the official recommendations made by the 2009 Ohio Child Support Guidelines Advisory Council. (See Report & Recommendations )