5101:9-6-80 State child support allocations.

(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) issues state child support allocations to assist in provision of the non federal share of allowable administrative program expenditures incurred in administration of the Title IV-D program. Additional non federal share of funds is supplied by funds appropriated by the county commissioners from the county general fund or non Title IV-D program income and non Title IV-D fees.

(B) State child support allocations are distributed to the child support enforcement agency (CSEA) designated by the board of county commissioners pursuant to sections 329.40 and 3125.10 of the Revised Code. Failure to comply with the requirement of operating a single Title IV-D child support enforcement agency will result in the county not receiving state child support allocations.

(C) ODJFS issues state child support allocations on a state fiscal year (SFY) basis. ODJFS communicates the funding and liquidation period for this allocation through the county finance information system (CFIS ). The CSEA must expend funds by the end of the funding period and disburse and report expenditures no later than the end of the liquidation period.

(D) Methodology.

ODJFS uses the following methodology to distribute available funds for this allocation:

(1) ODJFS allocates a base amount of fifteen thousand dollars to each CSEA. Where a CSEA encompasses multiple counties, each CSEA will receive an amount equal to fifteen thousand dollars for each county represented under the CSEA.

(2) ODJFS allocates one-half of the remaining balance according to children out-of-wedlock percentages for each CSEA.

(a) ODJFS uses the most current final statistical report, as supplied by the statistical analysis unit of the Ohio department of health, to determine the number of out-of-wedlock births for each county . The residence of the mother determines the state and county in which the birth is counted.

(b) ODJFS proportionately distributes the number of unknown births for each county based on each county's married to unmarried birth count ratio.

(c) ODJFS uses the number of out-of-wedlock births for each county divided by the statewide total to develop a children out-of wedlock percentage for each CSEA.

(i) ODJFS determines births for the county by using the married, unmarried, and unknown columns in the report.

(ii) The number of unmarried births, compared with the married plus unmarried births in the county, provides a married to unmarried birth count percentage/ratio.

(iii) The number of unknown births for the county is multiplied by this ratio to give an unmarried number which is added to the county's out-of-wedlock birth count.

(3) ODJFS allocates the remaining balance according to marriage terminations and marriage dissolutions with children percentages.

(a) ODJFS uses the most current final "Ohio Courts Statistical Report" as supplied by the Ohio supreme court to determine the number of marriage terminations and marriage dissolutions with children . ODJFS will use the following columns from the "Marriage Terminations with Children Terminations" and the "Marriage Dissolutions with Children Terminations" reports:

(i) Judge uncontested;

(ii) Magistrate uncontested;

(iii) Mediation or conciliation;

(iv) Other terminations;

(v) Referral to private judge;

(vi) Transfer;

(vii) Trial by judge; and

(viii) Trial by magistrate.

(b) ODJFS divides the number of marriage terminations and marriage dissolutions with children for each county by the statewide total to develop a marriage terminations and marriage dissolutions with children percentage for each CSEA.

(E) ODJFS caps the formula-calculated allocation amounts at a four per cent increase or decrease when compared to the average of SFY 2012 and SFY 2013 allocations for each county. If an increase or decrease in the statewide allocation amount results in all counties' allocations fluctuating more than four per cent, ODJFS will not apply the formula, but will increase or decrease each county's previous SFY allocation by the percentage of change to the statewide amount.

(F) The CSEA may request additional funds or release funds for redistribution via the process described in rule 5101:9-6-02 of the Administrative Code.

(G) The CSEA shall capture administrative costs incurred for the administration of the child support program through the random moment sample (RMS) process as described in rule 5101:9-7-23 of the Administrative Code.

(H) The CSEA shall certify expenditures as described in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code.

(I) The definitions, requirements, and responsibilities contained in rule 5101:9-6-50 of the Administrative Code are applicable to this rule.

Effective: 07/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/01/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3125.25
Rule Amplifies: 307.981 , 329.40 , 3125.03 , 3125.21 , 3125.10 , 3125.25
Prior Effective Dates: 5/18/03, 3/1/08, 10/15/08, 6/28/13