“Because children have a right to be supported by both parents, our goal is to establish a legal parent-child relationship and a support order as early in the child’s life as possible....
Our goal is to increase child support and to enforce parental financial responsibilities.”
The Child Support Enforcement Unit is comprised of three units. They each perform separate and complementary functions: Establishment and Enforcement of financial support.
Prosecutors in the Juvenile Unit and Domestic Relations Unit:
- Establish paternity
- Establish support orders
- Enforce child and spousal support orders for the Cuyahoga County Child
- Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)
- Register out-of-state orders for enforcement and modification of child/spousal support
- File petitions to establish paternity and child support for out-of-state custodial parents
- Refer cases to Criminal non-Support Unit
The Criminal Non-Support Unit was established in March of 1999 to aggressively prosecute "dead beat parents". Cases referred to this Unit receive the most aggressive prosecution to deter further non-compliance with child support obligations.
We have collected over $5 million in outstanding child support arrear and have a 100% conviction rate.
The Children Need Support (CNS) Task Force is a continuing effort by county agencies and community and media groups to increase collection of child support by locating and arresting non-compliant parents. This task force was initiated by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff.
24-hour Tipline: (216) 443-6085
The Statewide Roundup is a cooperative effort between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the CSEA, the sheriff and the county prosecutor to “round up” parents who are delinquent in paying their court-ordered child support.
Emphasis on Collection of Support Arrears is an ongoing effort by the office’s enforcement units to decrease the amount of arrears on the books of the CSEA. This goal is achieved by aggressive collection of arrears.
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