Child Support Arrears Waiver - Compromise Program

[Saturday, 27 August 2011 07:45]

If overdue child support payments are a problem, whether the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (SCCSA) handles the case or an out-of-state location does, this article might interest you. A program to either waive or compromise payment arrears is in effect to help parents, in some cases, stay current with or greatly reduce their back child support. Although not everyone will qualify under its terms and conditions, it persists as a powerful way to promote improved standing in a number of child support accounts, and possibly avert issues of contempt in the court of law. Read the sections below to have a better understanding of how the process works, as well as the paperwork requirements necessary to apply for relief.


It appears that there are three fundamental reasons for receiving a waiver or compromise of back child support payments in this program, which are:

  • Medical disabilities

  • Incarceration matters

  • Employment issues

It is important to mention that regardless of which condition is used for good cause, proper documentation and adequate explanation is necessary for every request. While no one definition or means of justification for approval is realistically possible, since every set of circumstances is inherently different, suffice to say that those people who honestly believe their case deserves attention should submit an application. Given that this is a free proposition, the benefits a person can receive certainly outweigh the chances of a simple rejection. In other words, the only way to know is to ask for an exception. There are no guarantees, but any number of such cases may qualify for a partial reduction, or more. Indeed, it will not hurt to try.

How to get started

The beginning step is to fill out an appeal for consideration, which consists of a Request to Negotiate an Assigned Arrears Reduction form to sign and a Financial Disclosure Affidavit to complete. Essentially, this is to show your current financial situation and explain the grounds of your application, meaning why you think that SCCSA should act in the way you desire. Remember that each component is mandatory, seeing as submissions without them may be refused. For your convenience, these documents have been assembled together here, referred to as the Child Support Arrears Waiver – Compromise package, and are available for download from Summit Dads.

Third Party Authorization

This discretionary form allows SCCSA to speak with another person of the obligor’s choice, including any non-attorney individual designated, about the child support case in question. If the agency does not have this document properly signed and notarized, only the obligor will have access privileges. In this way, the form complies with the third party disclosure allowances and privacy restrictions found within 1347.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Out-of-State Orders

For Summit County residents that have child support orders across the country, this program can be a viable solution. The major difference here is that SCCSEA will not make the final decision of approval or rejection; rather, the out-of-state agency, who would surely retain the ultimate card of jurisdiction in such matters, will settle on the correct measures to take. However, SCCSEA will contact the long distanced agency, in an attempt to work out some settlement and obtain workable conditions, when possible.

General checklist for correctness

  • Make all necessary copies of completed documents and elements of proof before mailing the application packet or appearing at the SCCSA office. (Originals will not be returned)

  • Ensure that the necessary evidence has been included as part of the request package.

  • Request to Negotiate an Assigned Arrears Reduction form is signed.

  • Financial Disclosure Affidavit is finished and notarized.

  • Third Party Authorization is finalized and notarized. (Optional)

Do not to sign the last two documents until actually in front of a notary.

Mail or hand deliver these items to the following address:

Summit County CSEA

P.O. Box 80598

175 Main St.

Akron, Ohio 44308

Once SCCSA receives them, a response will be given in less than 15 days.

The information listed here only contains some of the program highlights and is given to be helpful for reference and prospective purposes. More facts, as written by SCCSEA, are available within the documentation papers offered for consideration. Individuals requesting relief under the terms of this program are encourages to read the rules thoroughly, prior to presenting their request for assistance.