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Child Support is money paid by a parent, who isn’t living with his or her children, to help cover the cost of their care. Child Support helps guarantee that children’s basic needs are met: from food, shelter and clothes to education, transportation and medical expenses.

Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement Agency helps ensure that child support is received by identifying paternity, establishing child support orders and enforcing spousal support.

Common Terms:


Any person, including a state or political subdivision, to whom a duty of support is owed.

Cash Medical:

An amount ordered to be paid in a child support order toward the cost of health insurance provided by a public entity, another parent, or a person with whom the child resides, through employment or otherwise, or for other medical costs not covered by insurance.


Notice of Income Withholding - A notice that requires an employer, financial institution, or other party to deduct support payments directly from the income of the obligor.


Financial Institution Data Match - A tool of enforcement that cross-references account information.


Child Support Payment Central- The state's centralized collections and disbursement system.

Default Case:

Any case that has fallen behind by a least one month of support obligation.


Support Enforcement Tracking System - A statewide computer system for child support.


Delinquent or past-due support.

Administrative Fee:

A service fee required by State law, 2% of the ordered payment, paid by the obligor.


(Pronounced "4 D") - A section of Federal law that authorizes enforcement remedies to collect support and provides Federal funding for the local agency.


Child Support Enforcement Agency - The county office of child support services.


Office of Child Support - The State office of child support, under the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, ODJFS.


Office of Child Support Enforcement - The Federal office of Child Support.


Ohio CSEA Directors' Association - A professional association dedicated to strengthening Ohio's child support program.