Lorain County Job & Family Services

Obligee Responsibilities

Obligee Responsibilities: (Party Receiving Support)

It’s your Support Order, Be an Active Participant

By law, the obligee is required to provide information needed to process the case and manage the order. The obligee must:

  • Inform CSEA of any changes in your or the Obligor’s address, phone number and employment status
  • Inform CSEA or any of the following reasons why an order should terminate, including but not limited to: Emancipation of the child, death of any party (child obligor or obligee), permanent disability of the obligor, incarceration of any party, child on order placed in the custody of Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), or the child becomes eligible for dependent benefits through the Obligor’s Social Security or Veteran’s disability or retirement benefits.
  • Provide CSEA with supporting documents to complete the emancipation process and end or modify the support order. This can include a copy of a high school diploma or withdrawal letter from school when the child reaches age 18; proof of enlistment in the armed forces; proof of the child’s marriage, court orders showing a change in legal custody or adoption of the child.
  • Enroll the child in a health insurance plan if you are ordered by the Court of by CSEA.
  • Keep any and all records pertaining to your support order, including payments made. Additional copies of your court orders may cost money to obtain.
  • Repay any money you received in surplus of your order or in error due to a misapplied payment to your account to which you are not entitled.
  • Provide documents requested by the CSEA by the stated deadline in the notice(s) you receive.
  • Contact the CSEA to report any problems or issues arising on your support case (Arrears paid in full, spousal support obligation to end). Most issues can be handled by phone. An appointment is required to see your Investigator.

Become educated about your support order. You are ultimately accountable for your order. Know your rights and responsibilities and exercise them.