Ohio's Department of Jobs and Family Services helps custodial parents through 88 local child support enforcement agencies across the state. If a noncustodial parent chooses not to pay court-ordered child support, he faces severe consequences that can affect every aspect of his life.
Contempt of Court
If the noncustodial parent chooses to disobey the court's order by not providing child support, the other parent, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services or the prosecutor can initiate a contempt of court action. If the custodial parent is found guilty, he can face a maximum fine of $250 and jail time of up to 30 days for a first offense.
Other Criminal Charges
A noncustodial parent also can be prosecuted under a failure to provide support charge. A conviction for a first offense can result in a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If the noncustodial parent failed to provide support for 26 weeks out of any consecutive 104 weeks, the crime is classified as a felony and has a maximum punishment of one year of jail time and a fine up to $2,500.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services states that all child support orders are subject to income withholding. This is similar to a garnishment and requires the employer to withhold the appropriate amount of child support from the noncustodial parent's paycheck and forward it to the Ohio Child Support Payment Central for disbursement. Once the employer receives notice to withhold the funds, it must start retaining part of the employee's wages during the next employment payment cycle.
Interception of Funds
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has the power to intercept certain funds due to a noncustodial parent in order to retrieve them for the custodial parent who is owed child support. This includes state tax refunds, Ohio lottery winnings and casino winnings.
Business and Personal Repercussions
A noncustodial parent also faces the suspension of a professional license if he fails to pay child support as ordered. Additionally, failure to pay child support can be reported to credit reporting agencies.
The caseworker for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services who is handling the child support case also can petition the court for a court order that requires the noncustodial parent to get a job.