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The guidelines passed by the Ohio legislature calculate Child Support orders based upon the financial circumstances of both parents. Use of these guidelines is required for the establishment or modification of all child support orders in Ohio. The amount of child support which is calculated using the worksheets and schedules contained in these guidelines is presumed under the law to be the correct amount of child support in each case.
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CSEA stands for Child Support Enforcement Agency.
Anyone receiving Public Assistance is eligible for free child support services and is required to cooperate with the CSEA in establishing paternity and collecting child support. Families that do not receive public assistance benefits can apply for services with a written IV-D application.
You may pick up the application at your local CSEA or call your local CSEA and have one mailed to you.
IV-D (4D) stands for the sections of the Federal Law under the Social Security Act that created the Child Support Enforcement Program. If you are on Public Assistance you must complete the IV-D Application.
No, when you are receiving public assistance any money that is collected during that time will be used to reimburse the state up to the amount of the grant for the Assistance you have received. If you have received both, please report and return it to the CSEA.
Any arrangement made by both parents can change at any time for many reasons. The CSEA will keep track of any and all payments made through the CSEA. This way you are making sure you are receiving the support due for your children. If you are receiving public assistance you must work with the CSEA to have your payments processed. Any payments that are received outside the CSEA are considered a gift and may not be credited to your account.
The CSEA can help parties establish an enforceable parenting time order if both parents are eligible for our Parenting Time Opportunities for Children Program (PTOC). Otherwise, the non-custodial parent must privately pursue a parenting time order through court.
There are many benefits of having paternity established for your child/ren:Identity - Your child knows who their true parents are and can share in both of the parents lives.
Genetic testing is a procedure to establish a likelihood that the putative father is or is not the biological father of a child. Genetic test is Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) typing of blood or buccal cell samples.
Paternity can be established in out-of-wedlock births in Ohio by the following methods:
Yes. The Ohio Bureau of Employment Services can only take up to 50% of the non-custodial parent's unemployment benefits to pay the child support. If the unemployment compensation benefits are insufficient to meet the entire obligation, arrears will accrue on the order.
Yes. There can be income withholding from prison earnings. In addition, support will continue to accrue during the period of incarceration. Please contact your local CSEA.
Emancipation does not terminate arrears. You should contact your CSEA so that they may review your individual circumstances.
Yes. The Montgomery County CSEA can take steps to do a withholding through the military system.
We can register your support order in another state for enforcement. The child support agency in another state will then be able to use all the enforcement tools available under its state law to collect your support.
Address change for custodial parents have to be in writing by mail, fax or in person. Address changes for non-custodial parent can be received by phone, fax, in writing and in person.
Yes. The non-custodial parent is obligated to pay their child support until the court changes the amount, suspends the order or terminates the order.
Yes. Your local CSEA can help you establish paternity and get a support order, regardless of where the non-custodial parent lives. In some cases, this can even be done if he lives in another country.
Yes. If a parent is legally responsible to support other children, there is an adjustment to income built into the child support calculation worksheet. This varies depending on that parent's individual income.
Yes. The guidelines provide a credit for child care expenses for those children included in the order, relating to work or employment training. The amount of the credit will vary depending on the age of the children.
Yes. The guidelines provide an adjustment to income for the total out-of-pocket costs of the health insurance which covers the child.
If you get behind at least one full month in child support payments, you are in default. You will be sent a form outlining the enforcement remedies that may be taken to secure support.
You are only entitled to request an administrative hearing to decide if the arrearage amount is correct and if you are the correct person who owes the money. If you disagree with the administrative hearing decision, you may file for a court hearing.
Yes, there can be income withholding for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Retirement benefits. There cannot be a withholding for SSI because those benefits are a form of public assistance. The amount of the child support order may be reduced if both SSDI and SSI are received or the child receives a derivative benefit from the obligor.
UIFSA (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act) is a law regulating the establishment and enforcement of child support orders where the parents live in different states or where the support order is in a state other than where either of the parents live.
Yes, Domestic Relations (DR) Court Orders can be waived. Both parties can sign an affidavit to waive any or all arrearages owed to the custodial parent. Arrears owed to the state (occurred while receiving benefit from the state) cannot be waived. The CSEA will submit to court for further review and possible credit for direct payment.
Juvenile Court (JC) Orders: parties may retain an attorney or file their own motion through Juvenile Court Clerk of Court to discuss possible credit.Administrative (ADM) Orders: custodial parent may contact the local CSEA for an administrative affidavit waiving the arrearage amount.
Remember only money that is owed to the custodial parent can be waived. Any money that is owed to the state cannot be waived.