On April 6, the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency announced that it has now gathered more than $35 million from criminal nonsupport cases since its creation. The agency was founded in 2001.
The CSEA pursues criminal charges against noncustodial parents who have not made child support payments in six or more months and are at least $5,000 arrears in payments. The enforcement unit consists of case investigators and assistant county prosecutors. A representative for the unit said criminal charges are only filed after other enforcement techniques, like income withholding and driver's license suspensions, have failed.