Ohio partial child support payment question

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Old Dec 27th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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My fiancé is from Ohio and has a support order, in Wisconsin for example, if you pay 5 dollars, as long as you're paying something they won't take you to jail. My question is if he had to pay half of his payment a few times, I have no idea how Ohio laws are, would he go to jail for that?
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Old Dec 27th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #2
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I wish to inform you that in Ohio if a person does not make the child support payments as ordered by the court then that person is in contempt of the court. Further, if the court finds a person in contempt of court then it can order that the person pay costs of contempt hearing, the attorney fees and can even send the person to jail in certain circumstances. If the person repeatedly fails to pay then the penalties may include up to 18 months in jail.

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Old Dec 27th, 2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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If he has a compelling reason - unemployment for example - he can file a file a petition for a modification. If it is so he can go on vacation, or buy a stereo system, then he needs tp just pay up.

He has to be found willfully in contempt for jail to be a consideration.
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My fiancé is from Ohio and has a support order, in Wisconsin for example, if you pay 5 dollars, as long as you're paying something they won't take you to jail. My question is if he had to pay half of his payment a few times, I have no idea how Ohio laws are, would he go to jail for that?
The court order is what it says it is. Child support is not an unsecured debt for discretionary items -- it is the essential money a child needs for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, school costs. Yes, your fiance is in of the court order. He can be hauled into court on contempt and possibly go to jail if the delinquency is serious enough. The laws are essentially the same across the nation.

Since he has made half payments, it behooves him to catch up as soon as he can.
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