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Ohio agency nears goal of 70% back child support collected

For many custodial parents in Ohio, getting the noncustodial parent to pay child support on time and in full is a constant struggle. State and county authorities work hard to enforce child support orders, and their efforts are paying off, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The paper reported earlier this month that the rate of collection of back child support has reached levels the state has not enjoyed since before the 2008 recession. In the past fiscal year, officials collected $1.8 billion on behalf of custodial parents and their children, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says.

The state was already doing relatively well getting parents to catch up on their child support. Ohio has ranked fourth in the nation each year since 2010 for amount of child support collected, behind Texas, California and New York, each of which has a higher population. But this year, the collection rate reached 69 percent, 5 percent higher than the national average and the highest rate since 2006.

This is close to the goal that ODJFS set in 2012 through its Project I-70 campaign. At that time, the agency hoped to reach 70 percent. Now, it is a “hair’s breadth” away, director Cynthia C. Dungey said in a press release.

The improved economy in Ohio appears to have played a role, as parents are better able to pay their child support obligations thanks to steady employment. The state’s unemployment rate is currently measured at 4.4 percent.

While unpaid child support may not be an issue for all of our readers, many parents want to raise or lower the support at some point after the divorce is final. This can be possible with the help of a knowledgeable family law attorney.

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