Ohio Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in Ohio a parent who is not receiving child support due to them from the other parent may be able to get in touch with the Ohio Office of Child Support (OCS) to initiate enforcement action. OCS may be able to put in place wage garnishment or intercept tax refunds or other enforcement tools in order to encourage the other parent to pay what is owed.

How to File a Complaint

In Ohio, if a child support order is in place, it must be followed as issued until it is modified or terminated. Even if a child support order was issued in another state, it must be complied with and can be enforced across state lines due to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. In order for Ohio DCS to initiate an action, it will need copies of outstanding support orders and information about the non-paying parent.  Ohio DCS requires that a parent or custodian seeking enforcement to fill out an application

 

How to Fill-in

Step 1Download the form (Adobe PDF).

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Step 2: On the first page, enter your name.

Step 3: On the second page enter the following information about the applicant:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Social Security Number
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Relationship to the children
  • Military Service
  • Public Assistance information
  • Employer name, phone number and address
  • Does the employer provide health insurance?

Step 4: Enter the following information about each child:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Home address
  • Location of birth
  • Has paternity been established?
  • Name of absent parent
  • Is there an order for support?
  • Is the child covered by health insurance?

Step 5: Enter the following information about each absent parent:

  • Name
  • Home Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Location of birth
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Height/weight
  • Hair/eye color
  • Identifying marks
  • Names of children
  • Name and address of employer
  • Employer Phone
  • Is medical insurance provided?
  • Support order number, amount, frequency and date
  • Location where order was issued
  • Military service?
  • Ever incarcerated?
  • Arrest record
  • Name and address of current spouse
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Ever on public assistance?

Step 6: Check off the types of services requested, sign and date and send to your local county child support enforcement agency.

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What OCS Can Do

OCS can take several different actions to enforce a child support order including income withholding, tax offset, credit reporting, professional license suspension, intercept of lottery winnings, court order that parent seek work.

Contact OCS

Toll Free Telephone Number – 1-800-686-1556
Fax Number – 614-995-7159
Email Address – https://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/oleg-form/CaseSpecific.asp
Mailing Address

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
30 East Broad Street, 32nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414