The Office of the Bartholomew County Prosecuting Attorney is charged with the responsibility of representing the State of Indiana in all felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions resulting from crimes committed within Bartholomew County, Indiana. In addition, the office prosecutes traffic and other infraction violations of state law, as well as juvenile violators.
The Bartholomew County Prosecuting Attorney convenes and supervises all Grand Jury proceedings. The current Prosecuting Attorney, William M. Nash, graduated from Indiana University in 1986, earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from Northwestern University, and was Admitted to Practice that same year. He has been a Bartholomew County Prosecutor since 2003.
The Office of the Bartholomew County Prosecuting Attorney, through its Title IV-D Child Support Office, is charged with the responsibility of enforcing child support orders entered in divorce and paternity cases.
The Adult Protective Services for Bartholomew and four (4) other counties is supervised and administered through the Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office. The Adult Protective Services is responsible for investigating abuse, neglect or exploitation of mentally or physically incapacitated adults.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor: Kathleen M. Burns
Purdue University: 1977; Earned Juris Doctor from Indiana University: 1980; Admitted to Practice: 1980; Bartholomew County Chief Deputy since 1995
Deputy Prosecutor: Gregory E. Long
Franklin College: 1994; Earned Juris Doctor from Indiana University: 1996; Admitted to Practice: 1997; Bartholomew County Deputy since 2003
Deputy Prosecutor: Jeremy Fisk
Franklin College: 1997; Earned Juris Doctor from Indiana University-Indianapolis: 2004; Admitted to Practice: 2004; Bartholomew County Deputy since 2007
Deputy Prosecutor: Lindsey Holden Kay
Indiana University: 2011; S.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law: 2014; Admitted to Practice: 2014; Bartholomew County Deputy since 2016
Deputy Prosecutor: Aaron Barnard
Franklin College: 1997; Earned Juris Doctor from Indiana University-Indianapolis: 2001; Admitted to Practice: 2001; Bartholomew County Deputy since 2012
Deputy Prosecutor: Mary Wertz
Indiana University: 1987; Earned Juris Doctor from Indiana University-Bloomington: 1990; Admitted to Practice: 1990; Bartholomew County Deputy since 2015
Adult Protective Services: John P. Defler
Office Administrator: Brenda Mijares
Victim Witness Coordinator, Felony Cases: Crys McInerney
Vicitim Witness Coordinator, Domestic Violence: Shannon Carder
Traffic and Misdemeanor Deferral Coordinator: Karen Simpson
Who Child Support Assists
- Any parent or person with custody of a child who needs help to establish a child support order
- Any parent or person with custody of a child who needs help to collect support payments from the non-custodial parent
- Any parent or person who needs help to establish the identity of a child's parents (paternity)
The Child Support Division represents the State of Indiana and is not permitted to act as your attorney; however, we may be able to assist you in the establishment, enforcement, or modification of child support orders.
The Child Support Division is not permitted to assist you in matters relating to divorce, custody, or visitation.
If you believe any of these apply to you, first, you must establish that you have a child that is legally entitled to support. A court must legally identify the other parent of the child and order that person to pay a specific amount of money to assist with the expense of raising the child. We can help you with this process if you have not yet legally established the identity of the child’s other parent and would like to establish a child support order, or if you have a valid child support order and would like assistance in its enforcement. In order to file a contempt action for non-payment of child support, the obligated parent must be the equivalent of one (1) month in arrears. You must bring the proper information to this office and pay a one-time fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), unless you or the child are currently on medicaid.
Many more specific child support questions can be answered in searching the How Do I... section linked at the top of the page.
Prosecutor Child Support Documents
Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation involving people 18 years old and older if they are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorder, mental illness, dementia, stroke or anything that involves a person not being capable of caring for themselves. Adult Protective Services currently provides services to the following counties - Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, Decatur and Jackson. If you would like to report a case of abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services, please contact their office at 812-379-1670, option 5 or by e-mail through department contact page and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
How do I request to drop charges, if I am the victim in a case where a No Contact Order has been filed?
You cannot. They can only be dropped by the Prosecutor’s Office.
DPA stands for Deferred Prosecution Agreement. In a Deferred Prosecution, the State agrees to withhold prosecution of the Infraction herein as long as the Defendant complies with the terms of this Agreement. If you receive a traffic or misdemeanor charge, please contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 812-379-1670 option 2 to see if you are eligible for a deferral.
The Prosecutor’s office enforces the order to pay support. The actual payments are made to the County Clerk’s office or to Indiana State Central Collection Unit (INSCCU). (Certain exceptions may apply)
If the obligated parent pays through the Bartholomew County Clerk, you may contact the Clerk in writing or in person to see if a payment has been made. The telephone number to the support clerk is 812-379-1603. You will need to have a picture ID available. In some instances there may be a small fee for these records.
If the obligated parent does not pay through the Bartholomew County Clerk, you may either contact the appropriate Clerk’s office, or call the Indiana State Child Support Bureau at 1-800-840-8757.
How do I find out if legal action will be brought against a non-custodial parent who misses a child support payment?
The law provides that the non-custodial parent must be at least the equivalent of one (1) month behind in payments before a prosecutor can bring legal action.
The Prosecutor’s office can only obtain a warrant for arrest from the court if the delinquent parent fails to attend a court hearing or is liable for criminal charges.
You will not need their tax return. If the obligated parent owes enough to have his/her taxes offset it will be done automatically. The obligated parent must owe at least one-hundred-fifty dollars ($150.00) on a Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) case or former TANF case to be offset. The obligated parent must be at least five-hundred dollars ($500.00) in arrears on a non-TANF case to be offset.
The obligated parent will be offset even if they are already paying on the arrearage, provided that the arrearage meets the above criteria.
The Indiana State Child Support Bureau will keep any taxes that are offset, if any money is due to the State of Indiana.
Any money owed to the custodial parent will be distributed by the Indiana State Child Support Bureau approximately six (6) months after the obligated parent files his/her return. If it is a joint return, the Indiana State Child Support Bureau does not hold a single return as long.
The reason for the delay in processing is to eliminate the necessity of the custodial parent being required to pay any money back that may be received in an error to the Indiana State Child Support Bureau. Such an error could result from an amended return being filed, a tax audit, or an injured spouse form being filed by the obligated parent’s current spouse.
We must have the obligated parent’s verified social security number to offset taxes.
How do I apply for public assistance, such as Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), formerly AFDC, with child support?
Under Federal law, a custodial parent who receives Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) assigns all child support to the Indiana State Child Support Bureau. This means that any support payments that are received after the custodial parent enrolls in TANF are given to the government. After the custodial parent withdraws from the TANF program, the custodial parent will receive any payments allocated to current child support, any back support remaining that accrued prior to receiving TANF, and any back support that accrues after TANF is no longer received.
Child support that is paid while the custodial parent is on TANF will be sent to the Indiana State Child Support Bureau to reimburse the TANF received.
If no TANF has been received, all money paid to the clerk’s office will be sent to the custodial parent, until everything owed for the month is paid in full. The payoff order is as follows:
a.) Current support for the month
b.) Back support owed to the custodial parent (pre-TANF or post TANF), until paid in full
c.) Money owed to the State of Indiana
Money intercepted from tax returns always goes to the State of Indiana first, regardless of the case type, if there is any money owed to the State of Indiana for TANF reimbursement.
The ISETS computer system calculates the number of weeks and amount due on each account at the beginning of each month. All payments received go to current support until that account is paid in full for the month, then to support arrearages.
How do I apply for money directly from the non-custodial parent as a IV-D client or Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) recipient?
If you are receiving TANF benefits, all payments from the non-custodial parent must be paid to the Clerk’s office or through the Indiana State Central Collection Unit (INSCCU). If you accept any money or significant property from the non-custodial parent, you may jeopardize your TANF benefits and you may be charged with a crime.
Accepting direct payments is grounds for being terminated from the IV-D program, even if you are not currently on TANF.
Reminder: If the applicant is not currently receiving TANF or Medicaid for the applicant or the child(ren), there is a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee that is due at the time you turn in your paperwork. This non-refundable fee is payable by money order or cashier’s check only and should be made payable to the Indiana Division of Family and Children.
These information packets and application forms can be located in the form center within our website for download.
We are not your lawyer
The Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office has a contract with the Indiana Child Support Bureau, a division of the Indiana Department of Child Services, to “provide for mutual assistance and procedures for establishing paternity, for securing financial support for minor children, and for ensuring compliance, where possible, with agreements and court orders for child and spousal support in Title IV-D cases.” Pursuant to Indiana Code Section 31-25-4-13.1, by entering into that contract with the Child Support Bureau, this office has entered into:
“An attorney-client relationship with the state to represent the interests of the state in the effective administration of the plan [for the administration of Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act] and not the interests of any other person.”
Therefore, even if we wanted to represent the interests of you or your children in your child support case, we are prohibited by law from doing so. We understand how frustrating it can be for you to deal with the enormous government bureaucracy of which this office is only a tiny part. Nevertheless, we hope that you understand that we are just trying to do our jobs to the best of our abilities and within the limits of the law. And since our contract with the state and the Indiana Code both clearly limit us to representing the interests of the state and not the interests of any other person.