Welcome to the Allen County Child Support Enforcement Agency

Mission Statement:

The Allen County CSEA is committed to serving the families in our community by providing quality child support services through establishing parentage, enforcing support orders and collecting and disbursing child support. Our goal is to ensure that families receive the financial support to which they are entitled.

All information contained herein pertains to your support order in Allen County only and is subject to change without notice.

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Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday - 9:00am - 4:30pm

General Information:
Allen County Child Support Enforcement Agency
200 W. Market Street
P.O. Box 1589
Lima, OH 45802-1589
Click here to contact us by email

Phone: (419) 224-7133
Toll Free: (800) 224-7133
Fax: (419) 222-6135
SETS VRU: (800) 860-2555


Click Here for a Domestic Relations Modification Form

Click Here for a Juvenile Court Modification Form



The Adjustment and Review process, also known as the Modification process, is the method by which the child support obligation is reviewed to reflect the current financial situation of both parties. The Adjustment and Review process takes several months to complete from the initial request to final Order.


Reasons to Qualify for a Modification Review:

  • If order is a minimum $50.00 per month, the request can be accepted at any time.
  • Thirty six (36) months have elapsed since establishment of the order or most recent review.
  • Obligor/Obligee employed or more gainfully employed.
  • Loss of employment for thirty (30) consecutive days through no fault of your own.
  • Verified disability of either party.
  • Institutionalized or incarceration of either party beyond the child’s minority age.
  • Thirty percent (30%) change in gross income of either party.
  • One or more children emancipated.
  • To access availability of health insurance.
  • Change in circumstances from the original court ordered guidelines. You must provide proof for reasons to qualify.
  • Arrears only and Spousal Support cases cannot be modified.

Possible Results of Modification Review:

  • Increase in Current Child Support.
  • Decrease in Current Child Support.
  • If there is a change as a result of the modification, the new amount will commence the first day of the month after the modification was scheduled for review, unless the Court Order states differently.
  • Change in Health Insurance or Tax Dependency.
    CSEA cannot predict the result of your modification, and parties take the chance of any of the above-mentioned results occurring.

Process for Juvenile Court

  • CSEA receives Modification Request
  • If denied, requesting party will receive a denial letter.
  • If granted, requesting party will receive a Modification Affidavit to complete and return within 45 days.
  • A Modification Recommendation will be sent to both parties.
  • Parties have 14 calendar days plus 3 business days to dispute the recommendation by completing a Request for Administrative Hearing.

Process for Domestic Relations Court

  • CSEA receives Modification Request
  • If denied, requesting party will receive a denial letter.
  • If granted, request will be filed with Domestic Relations Court.
  • Domestic Relations Court will issue a hearing date.

How to Request a Modification

  • Either party can contact the CCC at 419-224-7133 or 800-224-7133.
  • Either party can come into CSEA to request a Modification form.

Parties must have all paperwork notarized and must meet all deadlines.

CSEA will not make copies.

  • Specified Social Security Benefits may terminate the child support obligation (Example: Permanent Disability). Certain types of Social Security Benefits may or may not be counted as income.
  • Interstate cases may have different criteria; please contact the CCC and advise that one or both parties on the order reside out of state.
  • Review may be terminated if requested information is not returned by the specified date.
  • Website for the Ohio Support Guidelines in the ORC is: