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What services does the Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency provide?

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The Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency assists state residents with parent location, paternity establishment, initiation and enforcement of child support orders, and enforcement of health insurance orders. The agency also assists interstate cases under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website.

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The Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency also administers the termination of child support cases when appropriate. It does not offer child visitation, child custody or divorce services, which must be handled by a court, as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website explains.

The agency provides assistance to parents in obtaining an order for child support when a court order does not already exist. For information, parents should contact the Child Support Enforcement office in their county by calling the main office number or by using the list of county locations available on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website.

The department enforces child support orders by administering the Income Withholding program. Required child support payments are automatically withheld from the parent's income by an employer or other payor and sent to Ohio Child Support Payment Central, which disburses the funds to the custodial parent. Income withholding is the most frequent and effective child support collection method, according to the agency's website. In 2002, income withholding accounted for 74 percent of collections in Ohio.

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