Office of Child Support Enforcement Unit

In conjunction with the Circuit Court for Harford County and the State of Maryland, Department of Human Resources and the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Sheriff's Office has created a six (6) member Unit responsible for handling the court process dealing specifically with child support issues. The Unit is funded by a reimbursement grant administered through the State of Maryland, Department of Human Resources, and a one-third matching payment by the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Responsibilities of the Office of Child Support Enforcement Unit include service of Circuit Court Summonses, Circuit Court Arrest Warrants, and related execution of Circuit Court Warrants and Body Attachments. These primarily come from the Circuit Court for Harford County, but may also come from other Maryland jurisdictions as well as from other states.

Performance Measures FY-08

FY-11 Preformance Measures

FY-11 Preformance Measures for the Office of Child Support Enforcement began on Oct 1, 2010.

  Warrants Summonses
Fiscal Year Goal
Oct 10 - Sept 11
475 955
Actual Served
Oct 10 - Sept 11
569 1018

The Office of Child Support Enforcement Unit is responsible for courtroom security for all paternity hearings, as well as executing any warrants issued because of contempt of court. On the third Tuesday of every month, the Harford County Circuit Court holds a Paternity Day where a variety of paternity and non-support issues are heard. The morning court docket includes paternity establishment hearings in which the court establishes paternity either through admission of the parents or through genetic testing. Contempt hearings are also held in the morning to establish new work histories and update the Office of Child Support Enforcement files with current residence information. The afternoon docket is reserved for contempt of court cases only, where a Circuit Court Judge presides over caseworkers’ contempt claims against "Deadbeat Parents". Contempt cases are the result of noncompliance issues including changes of address, change of work status, failure to pay court ordered child support, and failure to appear for court hearing dates. A violation of any of these requirements may result in jail time for the offender.

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