|Senator Shirley Smith, Sponsor of SB 292, Calls F & F of Ohio, Begins Dialogue on Child Support Reform
Senator Shirley Smith (pictured) recently called Donald Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman of Fathers and Families of Ohio’s Executive Committee, to open a dialogue about Senate Bill 292, the child support legislation that Senator Smith sponsored.
F & F of Ohio has been actively campaigning in the legislature and the media against certain aspects of the bill, which will raise child support obligations in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression. To participate in F & F of Ohio’s campaign against the bill, please click here.
During the conversation Hubin focused on the inadequacies in the proposed parenting time adjustment. The proposed provisions would be highly unfair to non-residential parents who have their children a significant portion of the time and would encourage parents to engage in long and expensive legal battles over insignificant differences in parenting time.
Senator Smith seemed receptive to these concerns and open to rethinking some of the provisions of the bill. The Senator volunteered that she, too, had concerns about some aspects of the parenting time provision.
The senator committed to gathering more information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services about the specific issues Fathers and Families has raised and committed to getting back to Hubin to discuss the issues more fully.
Fathers and Families commends Senator Smith for being open to discussion about our concerns with SB 292 and to considering improvements to the bill. Because there are some good portions of the bill, we look forward to working with her office to modify the bill so that it will be beneficial to Ohio families.
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|F & F of Ohio Criticizes SB 292 on WCPO TV in Cincinnati
Fathers and Families of Ohio Governing Council Member Rick Bell (pictured) appeared on WCPO TV in Cincinnati yesterday discussing SB 292, a bill which would raise child support levels in Ohio. To watch the video of Bell, click here.
From WCPO’s Child support payments could rise under bill before Ohio Senate (11/16/10):
Rick Bell now pays about 40 percent of his after-tax income to support the well being of his 4-year-old son.
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“It is a steep figure, but more importantly, I’m a loving father and I want to be part of my son’s life,” the East Walnut Hills father said Tuesday.
However, those payments could potentially consume up to 50 percent of his earnings if Ohio Senate Bill 292 becomes law.
That legislation, co-sponsored by Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz of Hamilton County, is currently working its way through the Ohio General Assembly in Columbus.
One of the main features of the bill is readjusting the Child Support Calculation Worksheet for the first time since 1992.
Bell, who works for a technology company and is a member of Fathers and Families of Ohio, said that could increase his child support payments anywhere from 10 to 15 percent across the board.
“Obviously, in this economic climate that’s not very good,” he said.
Fathers and Families of Ohio Chairman Donald Hubin, Ph.D. said he rejects the notion that the increases are needed to adjust for inflation.
“The effects of inflation are ultimately captured in wage increases and Ohio’s Basic Child Support table is income-based – the more you earn, the more you pay,” he said. “This bill goes beyond a mere inflation adjustment, as it also raises the amount of the obligation relative to income.”
Fathers and Familie of Ohio Executive Committee Chair Donald Hubin, Ph.D. was interviewed by News Talk AM 610 WTVN in Columbus, FM 100.1 WNIR Radio in Akron and by Roger McCoy of FM 98.3 WYBL in Ashtabula about Ohio Senate Bill 292 this week. This bill would make sweeping changes to Ohio child support laws, including increasing the child support tables significantly.
Hubin told WTVN:
“This is a horrible time to be raising child support obligations–during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression…while the bill recognizes some child-related expenses by non-resident fathers, it treats them as second-class parents. SB 292 continues the unfortunate image of dad as the ‘optional parent’.”
Hubin also criticized SB 292 because it creates incentives for parents to fight over insignificant amounts of time with their children. The bill creates an enormous “cliff effect” at 40% of parenting time. Nonresidential parents who have their kids 39.9% of the time are treated the same as nonresident parents who have their children only one hour a year. But, at 40%, there is a significant parenting adjustment for most parents. This would result in parents and their attorneys fighting long and expensive legal battles over insignificant amounts of time with the children.