Logan County has a very active child support office with two attorneys, three full-time employees and one part-time employee working to see that every child in this county has a legal right to financial support from both parents.
The local office of child support provides assistance to parents with minor children seeking financial support from a noncustodial parent. Child support is money a parent pays for at least some of a child’s living expenses. Judges can order child support whenever parents live apart, whether they are separated, divorced, or never married. Typically, the parent who does not live with the child, called the non-custodial parent, pays child support to the parent caring for the child on a day-to-day basis.
The Logan County Child Support office, located in the historic courthouse, is under the umbrella of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The local office is under contract with the state and receives funding for their services. The office offers many services on a case-by-case basis including: locating the absent parent, establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing child support orders, establishing and enforcing medical support orders, reviewing and adjusting child support payments, and collecting and distributing child support payments.
Attorney Joe Ross and attorney Elizabeth Teel are charged with acting in the best interest of the children and take their duties very seriously. Ross also serves as county attorney for the Logan County Fiscal Court and as lead prosecutor for the county.
“It is a job that requires a great deal of time and patients,” said Ross on his child support duties, “but it’s one that is also very rewarding.”
In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Logan County Child Support office collected $2.5 million in child support payments. They carry a case load of 1,883 clients, excluding closed cases.
“There seems to be more and more need for our services,” said Ross. “More children are being raised in single parent homes or by family members. This office can help collect the funds needed to help raise the children. I believe this to be an extremely important job.”
For more information about the Logan County Child Support office, you can call 270-726-2061.