Easily Request and Collect Child Support Payments In Cuyahoga County

Child Support Payments Easily Request and Collect Child Support Payments In Cuyahoga County

Easily Request and Collect Child Support Payments In Cuyahoga County

Recent statistics reveal Ohio registered 2.8 divorces per thousand inhabitants in 2019. One of the court’s crucial areas addressed during the divorce proceedings is child support. In most cases, the non-residential parental parent or the parent with the highest income pays child support for the other parent. Unfortunately, a parent may fall behind on child support or simply stop paying. If you are wondering how to file a demand letter for a late Cuyahoga county child support from your ex-partner, DoNotPay is here to help. DoNotPay's Child Support Payment product can automatically file a demand letter on your behalf. Not only will it generate a demand letter specific to your case with references to federal laws, but it will also email or mail the letter to your ex-partner for you.

How Are Child Support Payments Enforced in Cuyahoga County/Ohio?

In Ohio, both parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children whether they are married or not. However, when a couple separates or divorces, one parent is usually bound to make support payments to the other. Parents agree on child support in a written separation or divorce agreement converted to a court order for the child support to be enforced later. Should a parent ordered to pay child support fails to make the payments or delays in making payments, the parent receiving the support can request the court to hold the paying parent/non-custodial parent in contempt of court. Contempt of court charges comes with various consequences, including:

  • Orders for the delinquent parent to appear in court and explain why they have not paid
  • A fine depending on the circumstances of the case
  • A jail time lasting for between 30 to 90 days
  • Orders to pay support obligations in one lump sum

About the Cuyahoga Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)

Each county has its own Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) in Ohio. The Cuyahoga CSEA helps families establish, maintain, and enforce child support orders. The CSEA works to engage non-custodial parents in inadequate co-parenting opportunities, including providing financial and emotional support for their children. If a non-custodial parent is late paying their child support, the custodial parent can ask CSEA for help. CSEA can intervene when payments fall at least one month behind. The agency uses various enforcement methods, including:

  • Withholding orders: CSEA can garnish or seize non-custodial parent's wages, disability benefits, pensions, unemployment compensation, and more.
  • Bank account or property attachment: the agency can take funds from your bank accounts and attach liens to your property
  • License suspension includes all government-issued IDs, driver licenses, and commercial licenses.
  • Income tax intercept: the agency can intercept your income tax refunds and use the money for child support obligations.

Services Cuyahoga Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) Provides

Ohio CSEAs handle cases under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act ("UIFSA") if the non-custodial parent lives in Ohio with the custodial parent living in another state. The specific services that the CSEA provides for the residents include:

  • Locating non-custodial parents
  • Collecting and distributing support payments
  • Establishing paternity and child support orders
  • Enforcing child support orders
  • Collecting and sending child support
  • Modifying child support orders

How Is Child Support Calculated in Cuyahoga/Ohio

In Cuyahoga, child support is calculated by a formula codified into state law. The formula combines the parent's gross income and allows for some specific deductions such as child support for other children, local income tax, and spousal support received or paid. The gross income is then applied to a chart that estimates the amount of child support required to equalize the costs of raising a child. An adjustment can also be made if private health insurance is made for the child.

Step One: Identify Income

List the monthly income for each parent then calculate the total combined monthly income (I) then identify the percentage that each parent contributes to that value (p1 and P2).

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)

Step Two: Identity Basic Parental Obligation

In order to calculate how much each parent would spend raising a child, use an expenditures table like the example below to list the associated costs of raising a child where you live.  Then sum the total expenditures (e) and multiply that by the number of children shared (n) for the total parental obligation (O).

Ordinary Expenses Associated With Raising Children
  • Housing: Rent, utilities, mortgage, property taxes, insurance, etc.
  • Apparel: Clothing, shoes
  • Food
  • Transportation: Finance charges, leases, gas & oil, maintenance & repairs, etc. o
  • Entertainment: Admission, lessons, activity fees, pets, toys, equipment o
  • Miscellaneous: Personal care, etc.
  • Education and Extracurricular Activities: Ordinary costs for education and extracurricular activities
Medical Insurance
  • Premiums
  • Dedicutables
  • Copays
  • Daycare
  • Pre-K education
  • After/before school care
Extraordinary Medical Expenses
  • Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses
  • Catastrophic illness or injury expenses

Once you have the sum of all expenditures, multiply that total by the percentage (as a decimal) each parent contributes to the monthly income in order to assign basic parental obligation.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly IncomeMonthly IncomeCombined Monthly Income (I)
%  of Combined Income (p1)% of Combined Income (p2)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))

Step Three: Make Physical Care Adjustments

Because the expenses of raising a child in two households are often duplicated, the basic child support obligation must be multiplied by 1.5 to account for the associated costs. Then, each parent’s proportional amount of the shared physical care obligation is multiplied by the percentage of time the other parent spends with the child.

The respective child support obligations are offset, with the parent owing more child support paying the difference between the child support amounts.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Basic Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Basic Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)Shared Physical Care Adjustment (A=O(1.5))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)
Obligee Child Support Obligation (s1=A(t1))Obligor Child Support Obligation (s2=A(t2))Total Child Support Owed by Obligor (S=s2-s1)

How to File a Demand Letter for Late Child Support Payments by Yourself/on Your Own

There is no easy DIY way to file a demand letter for late child support payments by yourself/on your own. Use the following steps to get started:

  1. Find out the email or mailing address of your ex-partner.
  2. Type your letter and concisely state facts in the order of how they happened. Your letter should provide a business-like analysis of the dispute, including the impact of delayed payment on the child. Be polite but firm in your letter. Don't be tempted to attack the other person personally.
  3. Ask for the exact amount you want and explain how you arrived at the amount.
  4. Set a deadline while giving the other partner a specific date to respond to your letter
  5. End your letter by stating that you intend to pursue legal remedies if they don't meet your demand
  6. Make copies of the letter and send it through regular and certified mail with the requested return receipt.
  7. You can also send another copy by regular mail with tracking and delivery capabilities if the recipient doesn't sign the receipt.

Undeniably, the DIY methods to file a demand letter for a delinquent non-custodial parent are long and tedious. DoNotPay can help ease this burden. DoNotPay's Child Support Payment product can automatically draft and send the demand letter on your behalf in just three steps.

How to File a Demand Letter for Late Child Support Payments Using DoNotPay

If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


Child Support Guides by State

Each state has different rules and regulations regarding child support, making the entire process confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, DoNotPay has child support guides for each state. Find yours below:

South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth CarolinaWisconsin

Let DoNotPay Help You File a Demand Letter for Late Child Support Payments

It can be pretty frustrating if your ex-partner refuses to pay or delay their child support. If this is the case for you, consider filing a demand letter for late child support payments. Unfortunately, the DIY methods to do this are lengthy and frustrating. DoNotPay can help you file a demand letter at the comfort of your couch. Join us today to learn more!

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