Lawsuit alleging child support over-payments

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Ohio for allegedly overcollecting on child support payments.

The lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) claims that it has collected $176 million too much from more than 114,000 people who pay child support, according to a release from The American Coalition for Fathers and Children (ACFC).

Michael McCormick, the executive director of ACFC, said that the issue at stake in the lawsuit was important for everyone in Ohio.

“Overzealous and erroneous child support collection efforts affect all citizens. This case is not about parents who don’t, or can’t, pay child support,” he said. “ODJFS is literally taking money it is not entitled to from tens of thousands of good support paying mothers and fathers who could use those funds for food, shelter, and education for their children when they are with them.”

Other issues regarding child support in Ohio have emerged over the years. In 2010 the Columbus Dispatch reported that a single father had $50 deducted from his wages every week for child support, even though his son was living with him.