Amnesty again being offered for parents with suspended licenses

Parents who have had their driver’s license or professional license suspended for not paying child support have the chance of reinstatement this month as Hamilton County Job and Family Services recognizes national Child Support Awareness Month.

Delinquent parents can have their license reinstated by paying a portion of their total child support obligation or by reporting their employment information, so wages can be garnished. Parents can determine if they qualify for license reinstatement by calling 513-946-7387.

The department’s Child Support Enforcement Agency handles about 68,000 cases each month involving more than 225,000 county residents. Last year, it collected more than $135 million for families that might not otherwise have had the financial support necessary to pay for such items as food, medical care, child care, school clothes and school supplies.

“This is a chance for parents who are delinquent on their child support payments to get back on the right track,” said Michael Patton, assistant director for child support. “Our goal is always to help parents take care of their children.”

All parents who participate in the amnesty sign a license-reinstatement agreement committing them to staying on track with child support payments.

If you’re a parent with a license suspended for failing to pay child support, please call 513-946-7387. We want to help you get back on track.


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: 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.
  • You can estimate child support amounts using the ODJFS Child Support Calculator