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Child Support Support Order Establishment

Support Establishment

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Geauga County child support enforcement agency (CSEA) establish an administrative child support order?

An administrative child support order will be pursued when the child is born out of wedlock, the mother is legal custodian, and there are no family violence concerns.



When does the Geauga County child support enforcement agency (CSEA) file with the court for the court to establish a court support order?

CSEA will file with Juvenile Court to establish a support order when:

  • The child is born out of the wedlock and the father has been granted legal custody through court.
  • The parties are married, but separated.
  • A caretaker relative or caretaker agency has legal custody of the child through court.
  • There are concerns of family violence.


What will my support obligation be?

The child support guidelines are the standard method for setting the amount of the child support and cash medical support obligations in the child support order. The guidelines use a mathematical formula based on the combined income of the parents and other factors.  For more detail, refer to the child support guidelines calculator below



Will my child support order include medical support?


Yes, Ohio law requires all child support orders to include a cash medical support obligation; an order for one or both parents to provide health insurance coverage for the child; and an order for both parents to share the cost of the child's remaining medical expenses.



What will I be required to provide to establish a support order?

Proof of

income over the past 3 years,

any benefits (unemployment, worker’s comp, social security, retirement, veteran’s, etc.) received,

daycare costs, and

health insurance coverage costs.


How long will it take to establish a support order?

The amount of time can vary depending on whether it will be established administratively at the Geauga County CSEA or if the case will be referred to court. 


When will the support order be effective?

Administrative support orders are effective the date of the administrative hearing.

Court support orders are typically effective the date the complaint/motion for establishment was filed.


Why may the Geauga CSEA be unable to establish a support order?

There are pending court actions involving custody or support.

A support order already exists in another county or state.

The caretaker relative does not have legal custody of the child through court.

The obligor’s location is unknown.

The obligor is permanently disabled with no known income.

The obligor is in prison or is institutionalized beyond the child’s expected emancipation date with no eligibility for earlier release.