Cuyahoga County

Child Support Unit

What We Do

  • Establish the parent-child relationship (paternity)
  • Establish child support orders
  • Enforce child support and spousal support orders
  • Register orders of another state for enforcement and modification of child support
  • Provide legal opinions regarding the effect of court orders
  • Assist with the collection of support from sources other than personal earnings, such as probate estates, personal injury proceeds, Social Security and Worker’s Compensation
Click here to learn more about the Office of Child Support Services.

Contact Us

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center
9300 Quincy Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Phone: (216) 443-5807
Fax: (216) 443-5815

Child Support Unit Staff at the Old Cuyahoga County Courthouse - August 2014

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Young arguing before the Ohio Supreme Court: Ruby K. Pula et al v. Adrienne Haunani Pula-Branch, case no. 2010-0985. Click here to learn more about this case.
The Child Support Unit includes three locations with one function: representing the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services-Office of Child Support Services (CJFS-OCSS).

We represent CJFS-OCSS in the Juvenile Court, the Probate and Domestic Relations Divisions, the Eighth District Court of Appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys who provide the legal services are assigned to the Juvenile Justice Center, the Cuyahoga County Courthouse and the Virgil E. Brown Building.

Mission Statement

The Child Support Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office pledges itself to the zealous representation of its client agency, the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services-Office of Child Support Services (CJFS-OCSS) by providing the highest quality legal support and representation so that our client can accomplish its critical mission of “promoting economic self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for families.”

Vision Statement

The vision of the Child Support Unit is to create a team of enthusiastic and dedicated assistant prosecuting attorneys specializing in and with expert knowledge of child support law, who are recognized as leaders and innovators in this field of practice, and who work to meet the objectives of its client agency with one common goal in mind: to provide children with the financial support to which they are entitled.

Other Resources

For more information about your child support case, please contact CJFS-OCSS.

You can access information about your support case through the Child Support Web Portal. You may view your case information on demand; make case specific inquiries, including address, employment, health insurance and financial history information; print child support payment information for up to two years; and review frequently asked questions.

Court information and forms for child support cases are available as follows:

Where to find help with your child support case in Cuyahoga County

PLEASE NOTE: The Prosecuting Attorney represents the CJFS-OCSS and cannot represent or provide legal advice to an individual in their child support case. You should discuss questions with your own legal counsel, a law school clinic or Legal Aid Society.

You may seek consultation through the following agencies:
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association-Lawyer Referral Service at 216-696-3532,
  • Legal Aid Society at 888-817-3777 (toll free in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties in Ohio) or 216-687-1900 (Cleveland, Ohio, local),