Location activities may be needed in order for paternity/support establishment or enforcement.  In addition, location activities are initiated to locate a payor’s employment. 

The Agency is linked to several databases in Ohio that can assist in these location efforts.  The links include, but not limited to, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Ohio Office of Unemployment Compensation, the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Ohio New Hire Directory. 

Location of an individual or his/her employment outside the state of Ohio is more difficult because we do not have direct data links to other state systems.  However, we do work with other states’ Enforcement Agencies for assistance in locating payors.

Clients are encouraged to inform the Agency with information about the other party.  This can include possible addresses or employers, relatives that may know where he/she is, or any other leads you may have.  Please contact the Agency at the number listed below if you have information that may help us locate the other party in your case.



The Agency can enforce cases through both administrative and judicial (court) methods.  Enforcement methods are used when a payor fails to pay support as ordered, fails to carry medical insurance as ordered or owes a support arrearage.  The action taken depends on the nature of the case.

Administrative methods may include:

  • Issuance of income withholding order.
  • Issuance of a National Medical Support Notice which requires enrollment in an employer health insurance plan for the child(ren) in the case. 
  • Issuance of a Default Notice which enables the Agency to:
    • Initiate a 20% payment obligation on arrears.
    • Suspend drivers, professional and/or recreational licenses.
    • Freeze and seize bank accounts.
    • Submit delinquent payors to the Credit Bureau.
    • Place liens on real and personal property. 
  • Attach lump sum payments (such as vacation payouts, 401K pay outs, lottery winnings, etc.).
  • Intercept Federal and State tax refunds.
  • Passport Denial.
  • Judicial Methods:
    • Pursue Civil Court Action.
    • Pursue Criminal Non-Support Action.
When can an order be enforced?

The Agency may take action to enforce a support order when the obligor is at least one month in default.  To be in “default,” an obligor must have an arrearage greater than or equal to one month’s court ordered support obligation.  Note that enforcement may first begin with a letter urging payment/contact before initiating any of the above actions.  Judicial enforcement typically is not the initiated until a payor misses at least three months.

What is support arrearage?

An arrearage is the amount of support the payor was ordered to pay, but as not yet paid.

How can an order be enforced if the other party now resides in another state?

Support and related matters can still be pursued if the other party resides in another state.  The process is known as the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).  UIFSA is a request for another state to enforce the court order.

When does child support terminate?

A child support obligation typically terminates at age 18 AND high school graduation, not to exceed age 19.  This type of termination is referred to as “emancipation”.  Any past due support/administrative fees still owed will continue to be collected until the balance is paid in full.

Support may terminate earlier in specific circumstances.  Possible circumstances include the following.
  • A court order that changes custody from one parent to the other and the order also terminates the support obligation.
  • The child marries or enters the US Military before age 18 and is living independently from the parents.
  • The child is deceased or deported.
  • The child has reached age 18 and is no longer attending high school on a full time basis.

It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the Agency if he/she believes the support obligation should be terminated and to provide the Agency with verification of the circumstance. The Agency will complete an investigation to determine if termination is needed and will notify the parties of the results of that investigation.  [Please note that Agency CANNOT terminate support when a custody change has occurred but there is no court order on the change of custody.]

At any time, either parent may file with the Court, on his/her own or with the assistance of a private attorney, an action regarding the suspension or termination of support.  That action will result in a Court hearing and ruling by the Magistrate or Judge.

The Delaware County CSEA establishes child support and medical support orders through an administrative process. This means a support order can be established without the parties appearing at a Court hearing. This process is both time saving and cost effective for the parties, as well as for the local Court system. Administrative Orders are legal and binding orders and are permitted under State Law.

In order for the Agency to establish a support order, you must first have a “final and enforceable determination of paternity.”  The Agency can assist you in obtaining a “final and enforceable determination of paternity” if you do not already have one (Establishment of Paternity).

A monthly support obligation is calculated by using the Ohio Child Support Guidelines as established in Chapter 3119 of the Revised Code. The Guidelines take into consideration the incomes of both parents, the number of children, day care expenses and health insurance premium costs for the children in the case.  To review the Ohio Child Support Guidelines, go to the Ohio Revised Code (Section 31) website at http://codes.ohio.gov.

State law also requires a medical support order to be established in conjunction with a child support order. A medical support order requires one or both partied to provide private health insurance for the child(ren); and, if no private insurance is in place, a cash medical support obligation is required. The medical support order also addresses the sharing of non-insured expenses for the child(ren).

Only courts have the authority to deviate from the guidelines used to calculate support orders.  Courts may deviate if a party files a motion and presents evidence that the support calculation using the guidelines is “unjust, inappropriate, and not in the best interest of the child.”

If you would like to establish a support order for your child(ren), please click on the document below.  Mail the completed application to the Agency at the address listed below.   

Intake Packet


Consistent with State laws, the Agency can assist individuals requesting a modification or recalculation of their support orders.  A support order is eligible for review through the Agency when the current obligation was ordered at least 36 months prior or eligible under specific circumstances when the obligation is less than 36 months old.  If the case is not eligible for an administrative review, a party may petition the court at any time to request a modification hearing.

If you would like to request a review, please click on the Administrative Review Request Form document below.  Mail the completed document to DCCSEA at 140 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio, 43015.

If the Agency finds your case is eligible for a review according to Ohio law, both parties will receive, by mail, a scheduling notice and income questionnaire.  The desk review (parties are not present) will be scheduled approximately 60-90 days out from the date of the scheduling notice.  Parties must submit the income questionnaire and required verifications by the review date.  On or about the scheduled review date, the Agency will complete a support calculation by using the Ohio Child Support Guidelines as established by the Ohio Legislature.  To review the Ohio Child Support Guidelines, go Section 31 at http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3119.  A recommendation will then be issued to both parties.    

Administrative Review Request Form

Administrative Review Adjustment Video

If I disagree with the recommendation of the Agency, may I object?

Yes.  If you disagree, you may request a Mistake a Fact Hearing within the allowable time frame.  A request form will be included with the Agency’s recommendation. A hearing officer for the Agency will conduct this hearing.  The hearing officer will consider the information previously submitted, plus any other evidence presented at the hearing.  The hearing officer will then issue a hearing decision and mail it within 10 days from the time of the administrative hearing.

If I disagree with the mistake of fact decision issued by the hearing officer, may I object?

Yes.  If you disagree with the mistake of fact decision issued by the hearing officer, you may request a court hearing within the allowable time frame.  A form is included with the hearing decision.  The court will then schedule a court date in accordance with its calendar and docket time.


Paternity establishment is the legal determination of fatherhood and is the essential first step prior to the establishment of a support order.  Following State laws (OAC 5101:12-40), paternity can be determined through the State of Ohio Affidavit of Paternity, Court Order, or Administrative Order (based on genetic testing results).

The Agency provides genetic testing on-site. Not all cases are eligible for genetic testing, so it is important individuals bring a copy of a child's birth certificate to the appointment, so the Agency can correctly determine if genetic testing is allowed under State law (or ordered by the court).  In addition, the Agency provides genetic testing for those individuals who are court-ordered to have testing completed.

Please note: Once a “final and enforceable determination of paternity” exists, genetic testing will not be available to you through the administrative process.  A “final and enforceable determination of paternity” exists when:

  • An acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit has been signed by both parties and not subject to rescission;
  • An administrative order establishing paternity has been issued and neither party objected within thirty days of the issuance; or
  • A court issued an order establishing paternity.


If you would like to establish paternity, please click on the Intake Packet document below.  Mail the completed document to DCCSEA at 140 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio, 43015.  Once the Agency has received your completed packet, we will schedule you for an appointment.

Intake Packet

Legal Establishment of Paternity Video


Genetic testing is generally conducted with buccal (oral, mouth, or cheek) swabs.  The DNA specimen is collected by gently rubbing the cheek inside of the mouth with a long swab that looks like a large q-tip.  The DNA test utilized with buccal swab specimens is the same DNA test utilized with blood specimens.  These test are used in courts throughout the country and are more then 99% accurate.