I never expected that I would be in a position to care so deeply about child support laws. As I'm navigating my way through this world of separation, dissolution, divorce and child support, I'm learning that the system doesn't really care about the kids.
So I'd like to step up on my soapbox for the next few minutes and share my frustration with a broken system.
Child support is supposed to help provide basic necessities including food, shelter and clothing as well as extracurricular activities, school expenses and entertainment. It's supposed to help maintain the same lifestyle that the kids experienced before the separation or divorce. The key phrase being "supposed to"
The reality of child support is much different.....especially in the state of Ohio where I live. Ohio calculates child support amounts based on the combined income of the parents. The parents are each responsible for a percentage of the annual support amount set by Ohio.
In my case, my base salary is 25% more than my estranged spouse. But somehow with the Ohio formula, his attorney estimates that he only has to pay 20% of his salary!!!! TWENTY PERCENT!!! A whopping $63.20 a week.....for the care of 2 teenagers!!! While 100% of my paycheck is used for their housing and care. And on top of that I've been informed that as I pick up extra hours at work to make sure that my kids have food, shelter, electricity, internet, transportation, and clothing, his percentage will go down!!!! As I work overtime or work hours for my coworkers to pay for athletic fees, cheer fees and other extra expenses, his contribution will decrease. HIS CONTRIBUTION WILL DECREASE!!!!
Can someone please explain to me how that makes any sense at all????My extra work will not benefit my kids....it will benefit my estranged spouse!!! That really infuriates me!!!
My kids well being is worth so much more than a measly 20%!!! I wish the broken child support system realized that!!
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