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# I am trying to make a child support arrangement with the mother

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I am trying to make a child support arrangement with the mother of my grandson. The baby's father is underage. We are trying to come up with what a reasonable amount of support would be. Is there a formula available, or a particular percent of gross or net, to use for this purpose? We are in Ohio.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  AttorneyKaren replied 8 years ago.
Hi,
My research shows that Formulas are available in the Ohio Revised Code, Section 3113.21.5, in the Ohio Family Law Handbook at your local library. You can also get the formula from Child Support Services--so if there is a local office you can pick up this formula or check out this book.

Also, here is a short cut for the calculation--I think this will do what you are looking for. Good Luck--AttyKaren

## Short Cut to Calculating Ohio Child Support Guidelines

This is a short-cut to calculating Ohio's Child Support Guidelines. It is not intended to replace the actual guidelines except as a method to give nonlawyers a way of obtaining a fairly accurate "ballpark figure" of what the child support should be in their case.

1. Calculate what you expect to earn this year including

regular wages, overtime, bonuses, interest income,

unemployment benefits and worker's compensation, etc.

My Income_________________

2. Calculate what you expect your spouse to earn this year

including regular wages, overtime, bonuses, interest income,

unemployment benefits and worker's compensation, etc.

Spouse's Income_________________

3. Deduct from your income any child support you

are paying for any other children.

My Income (Line 1)___________ minus other child

support_____________=_______________

4. Deduct from your spouses income any child support

he/she is paying for any other children.

Spouse's Income ( line 2)_________minus other child

support____________=______________

5. If you have other children living with you, multiply the

number of other children times \$ 2550.00 and then subtract

the amount of child support you receive for them. If you

end up with a negative figure - STOP and put the same

figure from line 3 on this line. If you end up with

a positive figure, deduct it from line 3.

# XXXXX not part of this marriage.......____

x (times).......................................... \$2550.00

= (equals)......................................._________

= (equals).......................................__________

If the bottom equals line is a negative number, pull down

your number from line 3 and place it on line 5. If the bottom

equals line is a positive number, subtract it from line 3 and

put the difference on line 5

Line 5_____________________

6. If your spouse has other children living with him/her,

multiply the number of other children times \$ 2550.00 and

then subtract the amount of child support he/she receives

for them. If you end up with a negative figure - STOP and

put the same figure from line 4 on this line. If you end up

with a positive figure, deduct it from line 4.

# XXXXX not part of this marriage......._____

x(times).........................................\$ 2550.00

=(equals)......................................_________

=(equals)......................................_________

If the bottom equals line is a negative number, pull down

your number from line 4 and place it on line 6. If the bottom

equals line is a positive number, subtract it from line 4 and

put the difference on line 6.

Line 6______________________

7. Add lines 5 and 6 together - Line 7________________

8. Divide Line 7 by your income from line 5.

Line 7_______________divided by

9. Divide Line7 by your spouse's income from Line 6.

Line 7_______________divided by

Line 6_________________=Spouse's %_____________

10. Basic combined child obligation (Read instructions below, then click.)

(In the first column of the schedule, locate the sum

that is nearest to the annual income listed in line 15,

of this worksheet, then refer to the column of the schedule

that corresponds to the number of children in this family.

TOTAL BASIC COMBINED CHILD SUPPORT

OBLIGATION......................TOTAL_____________

11. If you will have custody of the children,

multiply your spouse's % (Line 9) times the TOTAL

from Line 10. Spouse's % ______ x (times) Line 10_______= _______

Amount of support you will receive each year.

If you are to pay child support, multiply your%

from Line 8 times the TOTAL from Line 10.

Your %________ x (times) Line 10 ___________=___________

Amount of support you will pay each year.

12. For the monthly support calculation, divide the amount of

support you are to pay or receive from Line 11 by 12.