Child Support Guidelines Bill will cause hardships for low-income families.

OPLC senior attorney Mike Smalz, while acknowledging that there are some positive changes in the bill,  presented opponent testimony to the Senate Civil Justice Committee on SB 262, the child support guidelines bill. Mike (and other legal aid witnesses) pointed out that the child support tables in the bill would reduce the child support received by many low-income custodial parents and children. This would lead to increased poverty for Ohio children, further discourage victims of domestic violence from leaving their abusers and place them in continuing danger, possibly forcing some families to go on public assistance. It would also mean that many low-income custodial parents would bear a disproportionate burden of the costs of raising children relative to the noncustodial parent, thereby undermining Ohio’s income shares model for calculating child support.