Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)
The purpose of the child support program is to provide children with the opportunity for a better life. Working with both parents to establish and enforce support orders is essential in helping children receive the financial and medical support they deserve. The program also strives to benefit tax payers by defraying the cost of public assistance by helping families become and remain self sufficient.
Next to public education, no other social service program nationally, statewide or locally, affects more children than the child support enforcement program.
Lorain County CSEA administers nearly 31,000 active support cases for over 35,000 children. Of these support cases, approximately 89% are non-public assistance cases, and 11% are public assistance cases. Currently 70% of child support obligors make regular payments to support their children. The agency collects approximately $53 million annually, utilizing a number of enforcement methods, including income withholding, interception of federal and state tax returns, suspension of professional and driver's licenses, liens on property, and seizure of bank and financial accounts.
The CSEA also offers many services including: Genetic testing, administrative establishment of paternity, establishment of and enforcement of medical and child support orders, review and modification of support orders, and locating of non-residential parents. The agency routinely works with the Sheriff's Office, the Prosecutor's Office, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts to enforce support orders.
NOTICE OF 2021 "HOLIDAY" AMNESTY PROGRAM
As part of Child Support Awareness and due to the upcoming holiday season, Lorain County CSEA is offering to grant amnesty to obligors by RELEASING LICENSE SUSPENSION upon payment of one month's current ordered child support amount plus $1.00 per case.
HOLIDAY AMNESTY payments must be made between November 1st -- November 30th, 2021.
Forms of Payment: (**NO CASH payments**, LOBBY is CLOSED to the PUBLIC due to COVID-19)
Check or money order:
Mail to either: CSPC, P.O. Box 182372 Columbus, OH 43218-2372 OR Lorain County CSEA 42485 North Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035-2004
Credit card: Call 1-888-965-2676 (selection option 5) or Online at https://oh.smartchildsupport.com
or **NEW** Web Portal Make payment online through your web portal account. You will need your participant number to access your web portal account.
You must wait until the payment posts to your case for reinstatement. Upon request, we will mail you the reinstatement paperwork. Please check your WEB PORTAL account or CALL Lorain County CSEA Call Center at 440-284-4401 to check for payment posting, reinstatement paperwork or any questions.
After we release your license suspension, you will still need to contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to clear any issues or BMV fees directly with that agency.
This is an interactive web portal that provides child support customers a secure environment in which they can view their child support case information. Once registered, Obligors and Obligees are able to view and print up to two years of child support payment data as well as view address, employment, health insurance and support order information on file with the child support enforcement agency.
To register, Obligors and Obligees will need their 10-digit SETS case number and social security number. In addition, Obligees will need either the last 4 digits of their direct deposit account or, if they have an Ohio e-QuickPay Card, they will need to call Customer Inquiry Call Center (CICC) at 1-800-686-1556 to find out the last 4 digits of their account number.
Upon successful completion of the registration process, the User ID and Password allows the child support customer to access their case information through the Child Support Customer Service Portal. The portal is available twenty-three (23) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
Making Child Support Payments
Payments can be made with cash, cashier's check, personal check, or money order at the Lorain County CSEA lobby, Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:15pm.
**Now accepting CREDIT CARD payments for child support obligations by phone at 1-888-965-2676 (option 5) or online at https://oh.smartchildsupport.com.**
Payments made online at https://oh.smartchildsupport.com accept direct debit, American Express, China UnionPay, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Alipay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and WeChat Pay.
- Your Name,
- Your Social Security Number (optional),
- SETS Case Number(s) (10-digit number that begins with a 7),
- Court Order Number, and
- Amount that should be applied to each case if you have more than one case.