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What Does Child Support Cover?

In Ohio, both parents have a duty to financially support their minor children until emancipation. In most instances, the nonresidential parent makes regular child support payments to the residential parent. The residential parent is responsible for child support too, but the law assumes that this parent spends the required amount directly on the child without further accounting.


Ohio law does not provide a detailed list of what specifically child support covers. It is commonly understood that child support is intended to contribute the cost of food, clothing and shelter for minor children.

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An experienced family law attorney will help guide you through properly drafting parenting provisions that address educational needs, school supplies, school fees, extracurricular activities, travel and transportation costs, entertainment and uncovered medical expenses as well as other basic living expenses.


If you need a skilled and experienced family law lawyer to assist you in determining what is just and appropriate child support as well as the other costs of raising minor children, call Christopher M. Alexander at (513) 228 – 1100, mobile (513) 226 – 8489, or online at Chris@awklegal.com.

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