(A) Civil Rules Apply The Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure apply to all matters regarding the establishment of parentage and orders for and modification of child support.
(B) Commencement by Administrative Action
- Except as provided by Ohio Revised Code Section 3111.381, a person filing an action to establish parentage or child support must first request an administrative determination through a Child Support Enforcement Agency. A copy of the request for an administrative determination must be attached to the complaint or motion.
- The Child Support Enforcement Agency or a party may file with the clerk any administrative paternity determination or order for child support to which the parties do not object.
- The Court may adopt the determination or order after review without hearing. Requests for judicial review of an administrative determination or child support order will be set for hearing before a Magistrate.
(C) Actions Involving Minors
Actions for parentage, child support, and contempt for failure to pay child support in which a parent or an alleged parent is a minor require the attendance of the minor parent’s parent or legal guardian or custodian at all hearings.
(D) Genetic Testing
Advance payment for genetic testing is the responsibility of the requesting party. Repeat genetic testing may be ordered in the Court’s discretion. At the conclusion of the case, the Court may assess the costs of genetic testing against the non-prevailing party. When the Child Support Enforcement Agency has advanced the costs of genetic testing, the Court may order reimbursement by the non-prevailing party.
(E) Modification of Child Support Order
Motions for modification of a child support order shall state the specific reason for the request and attach a copy of the most recent order that the party seeks to modify.
(F) Motions to Set Aside
Motions to set aside a finding of parentage and/or an order for child support filed pursuant to Rule 60(B) of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure shall set forth the specific reasons for the requested relief and contain a copy of the order being sought to set aside.