Job & Family Services Office of Child Support
Office of Child Support - Interstate/Intergovernmental

INTERSTATE/INTERGOVERNMENTAL OVERVIEW   

Introduction

Part of the function of the Office of Child Support involves providing services to Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agencies (CSEAs), other jurisdictions and foreign countries in the processing of intergovernmental child support cases.  A case is intergovernmental when one party lives in a state or country different from the other, when a court order is in a state or country other than the one where both parties live, or when there is more than one support order covering the same parties.  Intergovernmental child support cases are governed by the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).  Each state has enacted this uniform law. 

These services include the operation of the Interstate Central Registry, as well as training and technical assistance on the operation of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).

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What is the Interstate Central Registry?

Federal regulations require each state to have an Interstate Central Registry (ICR).  In Ohio, this ICR is housed within the ODJFS Office of Child Support.  The Registry is responsible for receiving, distributing, and processing all interstate petitions that request the establishment of paternity or support or the enforcement of support which come in to Ohio from other states or foreign countries.  Staff at the Registry will review each incoming request for accuracy and completeness before forwarding to the appropriate local Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) for processing.  The Registry also maintains a database of all information on these requests and assists local jurisdictions, the federal Office of Child Support, and other states in resolving problems and obtaining the current status of cases. 

The Interstate Central Registry has expanded its role to also provide training and technical assistance on matters relating to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).

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What is UIFSA? 

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) is a law which regulates the processing of all cases in which parties are located in more than one state.  Each state was required by federal law to adopt UIFSA for the processing of intergovernmental cases. A link to Ohio's UIFSA statues is below.

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Contact Information

Other states and jurisdictions should contact the Interstate Central Registry via the following methods:

By mail at: 

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Office of Child Support

Interstate Central Registry

P.O. Box 182709

Columbus, Ohio 43218-2709

By email at:

OHCENREG@ODJFS.STATE.OH.US

Income withholding notices to attach to unemployment compensation or workers compensation benefits should be sent directly by the state or local agency to the following addresses:

To attach to unemployment compensation benefits: 

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

U.C. Withholding ODJFS Child Benefits Section

4020 East 5th Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43219

To attach to workers compensation benefits:

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

30 West Spring Street

Columbus, Ohio 43266-0581

If you are an individual with an interstate case, please contact your local Ohio CSEA or the local agency handling your case to resolve any questions or concerns you may have about your case. 

Please note that Ohio is a state supervised, county operated system. Therefore, if you wish to obtain specific information about a case which is on-going, you should first attempt to contact the CSEA that is handling the case.

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Interstate/Intergovernmental Links and Resources

Ohio's UIFSA law can be found at: Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3115.

Information about the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, can be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/.

Information about the federal regulations that govern child support can be found at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_09/45cfr303_09.html.

You may access the Ohio interstate case processing related frequently asked questions and answers at: http://jfs.ohio.gov/Ocs/OCSFAQs.stm.

The Ohio Administrative Code rules that are used with intergovernmental cases can be found at: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101%3A12-70.

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Last Updated 03/05/2013