Is there a minimum amount of child support that a court must order? Yes, there is. Courts usually order guideline support, which is the amount of support calculated under the child support guidelines. However, Ohio Revised Code 3119.06 (R.C. 3119.06) requires the court to order a minimum child support order of $50 per month. If the person is not working and receiving needs-based assistance, then, while the arrearages accrue, the obligation to pay child support is suspended as long as the person is complying with a seek-work order.
Even though the statute says that is the lowest amount, is it? No. Ohio law also allows the court to order one to pay less than $50 per month or not require any child support if the parent ordered to pay has a medically verified or documented physical or mental disability or institutionalization for mental illness.
Ohio child support laws are designed to ensure that children receive the support that they need. Even when a parent makes very little, that parent still has an obligation to pay child support to support his or her children. While $50.00 per month may not be much, it furthers the policy that some minimal level of support should occur.
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