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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Child Support Glossary

    Commonly Used Terms


    Administrative Procedure: Method by which support orders are made and enforced by an executive agency rather than by courts and judges.

    Arrearage: Past due, unpaid child support owed by the non-custodial parent. If the parent has an arrearage, he/she is said to be "in arrears."

    Child Support Enforcement Division: local county entity which locates non-custodial parents (NCPs) or putative fathers (PF), establishes, enforces, and modifies child support, and collects and distributes child support money. Operated by State or local government according to the Child Support Enforcement Program guidelines as set forth in Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. Also known as a "IV-D Agency."

    Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA): Federal law that limits the amount that may be withheld from earnings to satisfy child support obligations. States are allowed to set their own limits provided they do not exceed the Federal limits. Regardless of the number or withholding orders that have been served, the maximum that may be withheld for child support is:

    Without arrearage
    50% with a second family
    60% Single

    With Arrearage
    55% with a second family and 12+ weeks in arrears
    65% Single 12+ weeks in arrears

    Custodial Parent (CP): The person who has primary care, custody, and control of the   child(ren). Also referred to as the Obligee.

    CSPC (Child Support Payment Central): The official name of Ohio's State Disbursement Unit (SDU). This enables all child and spousal support payments in the State of Ohio to be processed at one central location. Ohio CSPC is the umbrella that represents several activities mandated for implementation under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to centralize child support payment collection and disbursement within each of the 50 states.

    EDI (Electronic Data Interchange): Process by which information regarding an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) transaction is transmitted electronically along with the EFT funds transfer.

    EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): Process by which money is transmitted electronically from one bank account to another.

    FIPS (Code): Federal Information Processing Standards. A unique five-digit code that identifies the child support jurisdiction, (i.e., States, counties, central state registries).

    Income Withholding: Procedure by which automatic deductions are made from wages or income, as defined in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), to pay a debt such as child support. Income withholding often is incorporated into the child support order and may be voluntary or involuntary. The provision dictates that an employer must withhold support from a non-custodial parent's wages and transfer that withholding to the appropriate agency (the Centralized Collection Unit or State Disbursement Unit). Sometimes referred to as wage withholding.

    Medical Support: Addresses which parent is responsible for health insurance coverage for the child/ren.

    Non Custodial Parent (NCP) Or Absent Parent (AP): The parent who does not have primary care, custody, or control of the child, and has an obligation to pay child support. Also referred to as the Obligor.

    SETS (Support Enforcement Tracking System): SETS is the internal system developed by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) for tracking case establishment, case management and financial management of both child and spousal support cases in the State of Ohio. SETS is being designed pursuant to Federal requirements outlined in the Family Support Act of 1988, PRWORA96 and other Federal and State statutory and regulatory articles.

    TPN (Third Part Number): Each active Ohio employer is assigned a unique identifier number by SETS. The number can be found on your billing statement(s). Your TPN is not your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FIEN) or Employer Identification Number (FEIN).