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Ohio Supreme Court to rule whether benefits count in child support
Lower court says car, cellphone, OSU tickets count towards income
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether benefits such as a company car offered to a parent should count when it comes to calculating child support.

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Jeffrey Morrow of Medina wanted to reduce his child support payments when his income dropped in 2009. But a court had ruled that his car, insurance, cell phone and OSU football tickets, all paid by his company, counted as more than $16,000 worth of income. 

Morrow’s attorney John Ragner said benefits can only be counted if a parent is self-employed or owns the company.

“They never intended, the General Assembly, to exclude company benefits," Ragner says. "They just wanted to limit how it was used.”

But Tom Morris, representing Morrow’s ex-wife, said it should not matter whether the company is owned by the parent, who can have a lot of extra cash if a car is provided.

“If you are given one to use at your discretion, then it absolutely should count because those are dollars that you do not have to spend on your own vehicle,” Morris says.

The court will rule on this case in the next few months.

Listener Comments:

This person is the director of a non-profit that is closely connected with a for profit business. The abuses of so called "non-profit" businesses is out of control. The IRS surely needs to monitor and check the compliance of these existing non-profits as much as they scrutinize the new applications for them.
I suspect there is more here than meets the eye in this dodging of support for his children. This could be dangerous attention caused by apparant greed.


Posted by: kathleen (seattle) on June 12, 2013 1:06AM
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