According to the Fayette County Department of Job & Family Services, more children in Ohio are designated to receive child support than any other type of aid offered in the state. As many as 33 percent of all Ohio children are recipients of child support.
While a husband and wife are automatically listed on a child’s birth certificate if the parents of a child are married at the time of the baby’s birth, only the mother’s name is listed if they’re unwed. In order for a father’s name to be listed there in such a situation, he has to first prove his paternity.
A father can sign an acknowledgement of paternity voluntarily or the mother can have a judge order the father to undergo paternity testing. Once the child’s parentage is confirmed, then a father will be entitled to many parental rights over the child. One such right is visitation. Another is the right to financially support their child.
Data compiled by the state shows that over 56,000 fathers have to establish their paternity in Ohio each year.
Currently in the state, there are nearly 1 million active child support orders in place in Ohio. These orders have an annual monetary value of just under $2 billion.
Many parents who receive child support on behalf of their child report that it accounts for nearly 40 percent of their household’s income. Employers are responsible for helping the state garnish wages used to pay child support in approximately 75 percent of all cases in the state.
Ohio lawmakers have consistently supported legislation that requires both parents to provide both financially and emotionally for their child. If you’re struggling to get your ex to pay his fair share, then a Westerville modifications and enforcement attorney can show you how to make the child support formula work for you and your children.