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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Interstate Enforcement

    Interstate Enforcement

    The most difficult child support cases to pursue are those in which the parent obligated to pay child support lives in one state and the child and custodial parent live in another. However, all states are required to pursue establishment and enforcement of support obligations as vigorously for children who live outside their border as for those under their own jurisdiction. Federal law requires states to work through the necessary steps that lead to enforcement within specific time frames.  All agencies use the same forms for processing requests; however, the process can take longer than establishing/enforcing locally as each state has an independent court system with varying laws, practices and traditions. .  

    When the non-custodial parent's employer is known, a direct wage withholding order can be sent to the employer, and there may not be a need to request the other states help. 


    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q. I know the address of my children's father in another state, and my case manager sent a petition to establish my support order there. That was three months ago, and still no support payments. What's wrong?

    A. It may be any number of things: enforcement officials may not be able to serve notice on the non-custodial parent due to inadequate address information; if a hearing is necessary, it may take a while to get a court date.  Continue to keep in touch with your case manager to resolve any delay or to provide any new information you may have.

    Q. As soon as the children's father is notified about enforcement, he moves. How will I ever be able to collect my support?

    A. It can be difficult to enforce child support payments when the non-custodial parent intentionally moves to avoid paying. Try to be an active participant in your own case. Whenever you learn that the non-custodial parent has moved or has a new job, you should tell your caseworker as soon as possible.


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