Getting divorced can really shake up an individual's finances. Not only may he or she be left with less assets and one income, but he or she may have difficulty recovering child support from their child's noncustodial parent. This is significant, as child support can drastically ease a custodial parent's financial burden. Medical, school, extra-curricular, and every day expenses can all be addressed by child support, ensuring that a noncustodial parent is participating in his or her child's upbringing.
However, as mentioned, far too often Ohioans are left without this much needed financial relief, even after a support order is created by a court of law. But what can a custodial parent do to help recover this money? The state has an interest in helping parents adequately provide for their children. Therefore, the state has what is known as a parent locator service.
The parent locator service, run by the office of child support, works to collect information about certain individuals who owe child support. The support enforcement tracking system can scan the Ohio bureau of motor vehicles, the state's new hire registry, and other information that is provided through data sharing with other agencies throughout the state and the federal government. This may help a custodial parent find an owing parent, which could allow the custodial parent to take enforcement action, including having the noncustodial parent's wages garnished.
A child support arrangement is an important part of any divorce where kids are involved. It may be tempting to negotiate a lower amount in order to avoid a heated dispute, but doing so could leave an individual in a financial bind. With that in mind, it might be wise to discuss the matter with a legal professional who may be able to help one come up with a strategy to set and recover a child support of amount that is fair.
Source: Ohio Administrative Code, "5101:12-20-05.2," accessed on Sept. 26, 2015