Child Support is money paid by a parent, who isn’t living with his or her children, to help cover the cost of their care. Child Support helps guarantee that children’s basic needs are met: from food, shelter and clothes to education, transportation and medical expenses.

Hamilton County Job and Family Services helps ensure that child support is received by identifying paternity, establishing child support orders and enforcing spousal support.

In some cases, additional steps will be taken to engage the parent paying support so they can build a better relationship with their children. Engagement may include supervised visitation, classes to help teach fatherhood principles and personal responsibility or classes to increase financial stability.

All Hamilton County residents are eligible.

How are child support orders issued?

If a child is born out-of-wedlock, either party can call the HCJFS Child Support Enforcement Agency and ask to establish paternity. Once that happens, a case worker can help get a child support order. Child support orders are also often issued with a divorce or dissolution.

How is the amount of support determined?

  • Court or administrative orders determine the legal requirement to pay support and how much that payment will be.
  • Cases involving children born out-of-wedlock, or cases involving parents who are married but separated, are handled through Juvenile Court.
  • Cases involving divorce are handled through the Court of Domestic Relations.