Support Orders

Once the court or Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) establishes a child support order, the order can be modified to reflect changing life circumstances.  For instance, when one party or the other loses a job or gains income.  Also, orders can be terminated for a variety of reasons, such as a child emancipates.

In cases when an obligor (the person ordered to pay support) falls behind in making payments, the CSEA may use any of several methods to enforce the order.

This section offers details on these and other matters of child support by choosing an option from the menu.

Enforcing Orders

When an obligor (the person ordered to pay support) falls behind more than one month in their support order, the case is considered to be in default.  The Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) employs a variety of methods to make certain the obligor meets his or her obligation.

Modifying Orders

Child support orders may be reviewed and adjusted.

Obligee Responsibilities

To help ensure successful administration and enforcement of child support cases, the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) asks obligees (persons receiving child support) to do the following.

Obligor Responsibilities

In addition to making timely child support payments, the obligor (person ordered to pay child support) must complete certain tasks.

Terminating Child Support

Child support orders can be terminated for a variety of reasons.

Public Assistance

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Child Support

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.

Protective Services

We provide protective services to the elderly and children who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and/or have no one else to assist them. SCOJFS is mandated to investigate and evaluate all reports of suspected abuse and neglect.