The mission of the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) is to collect and enforce court ordered child support. The agency derives its authority from the Federal Government under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, which recognizes that children have the right to support from both parents, and benefit most when both parents work together to take care of their child's emotional and financial needs. If a parent fails to contribute to the cost of raising a child, the CSEA will intervene through the following initiatives.
ENFORCEMENT & LOCATION
A non-custodial parent is subject to enforcement if he/she defaults in meeting required child support payments under an established support order. CSEA also assists in locating an absent parent, the absent parent's employer or other sources necessary to pursue establishment or enforcement of child support.
TAX OFFSET COLLECTIONS
If a parent is delinquent in making payments, the agency can access tax return monies and redirect the funds to help satisfy the child support requirement.
ESTABLISHMENT OF ORDERS
The CSEA is responsible for obtaining court ordered support or modifying an existing court order.
ESTABLISHMENT OF PATERNITY
The identity of parents must be established before a child's right to support can be assured by law. Miami County CSEA establishes paternity for children through administrative hearings or through court proceedings.