My question involves child support in the State of: OHIO
I have an adminstrative child support order through my county's CSEA that went into effect August 4, 2009. The obligor has paid $0.00 since. He was unemployed at the time the order was initiated and to my knowledge still is as he stays at home and provides care for his other children while his live in girlfriend works to support that house hold. Last year, I filed criminal charges against him and he was arrested this past April. Because the prosecutor was unable to come up with a feasible deal with the obligor's public defender, the obligor insisted on the p.d. withdrawing from his case so that he can retain his own counsel which he has. I may be mistaken, but I do believe him retaining counsel is grounds for contempt considering the money used should have gone towards his child support.
So my question is, do I have to go through CSEA to file for contempt? They really haven't been helpful thus far. Or can I take it upon myself to file? Is it even worth the hassle? I've already had to miss a lot of work due to the criminal case and I am the only one supporting our child. I really can't afford to miss work for subsquent hearings. Any advice would be appreciated.