There are many reasons why a child support order may terminate. The following is a list of circumstances that require an investigation for possible termination.

  • The child has emancipated, meaning that the child has reached the age of majority. The child is 18 and graduated, or 19 and has continuously attended an accredited high school on a full-time basis
  • The child support order states that child support shall not remain in effect after the child reaches nineteen years of age unless, in a court child support order, the order provides that the duty of support continues under circumstances described in division (A)(1)(a) or (A)(1)(b) of section 3119.86 of the Revised Code for any period after the child reaches age nineteen
  • The child’s death
  • The child’s marriage
  • The child’s enlistment in the armed services when the child no longer attends an accredited high school on a full-time basis
  • The child’s deportation
  • A change of legal custody of the child, which includes but is not limited to the granting of permanent custody of the child to a public children services agency or the termination of parental rights of the obligor through another court action
  • The child’s adoption
  • The obligor’s death

The Termination Investigation Process:

Upon notification that an event requiring an investigation has occurred the CSEA will begin the Termination Investigation.

  • The CSEA will contact the parties to the case to collect relevant information.
  • The CSEA will issue a Recommendation to Terminate support or a Notice to continue support to the parties.
  • The parties may choose to object to the Recommendation or Notice.
    •  If an objection is received timely, the CSEA will schedule and administrative hearing.
  • If no objection is received the CSEA will file the Recommendation to Terminate and an entry to terminate support with the appropriate court.