Changing a Court Order
How often can we change our support order?
A change to a court order is called a modification. Either parent can ask that the Department of Child Support Services review the child support case any time there is a change in circumstance.
A change in circumstance may include:
What happens next after you ask for a change?
The department sends a packet to both parents to complete. Once the completed packets are returned, the Department will determine if the order should be changed.
To qualify for a modification, the current support amount must change by $50 or 20%.
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Do we have to go to court?
If both parents agree to the new amount, we will complete an agreement, or stipulation and file it with the court. This will become the new order and the parents will not need to appear in court.
If both parents disagree with the new amount, a court hearing will be set.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I get my child support amount changed?
Contact DCSS to request the order be reviewed for a modification. Either parent can request a modification review.
- Is there a minimum amount it needs to change?
The child support amount should change $50 or by 20% for a motion to be filed. Participants may file their own motions at any time.
- How often can I request my order be changed?
Either party can request a change to the order whenever there is a change in circumstances. There is no limit to the amount of review requests that can be made.