ODJFS in partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission and Ohio’s casinos and racinos established an automated interface in 2014 to crosscheck gambling winners with a database on noncustodial parents with outstanding support obligations. If a winner owes child support, the gambling establishment or the Ohio Lottery Commission withholds all or part of the winnings.
Even though Ohio collects 69.6% of all support owed — higher than the national average of 65.8% — getting money to children remains a challenge. More than $4.9 billion in unpaid support — some dating back to 1976 — remains on county enforcement agency books.
Most of the debt — nearly 70% — is owed by parents who make less than $10,000 a year, child support enforcement officials say.
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Last month, the first major changes since 1992 took effect in Ohio’s child support system.
The law now better reflects the economic times and acknowledges the support that noncustodial parents bring to child rearing, officials said.
Montgomery County had nearly 44,901 active child support cases during the 2018 fiscal year. Greene County had 8,543, Miami County 7,556 and Warren County 11,820.