Modifying a Child Support Order

A child support order is typically reviewed every 36 months, but an order can be reviewed sooner if certain conditions are met. These conditions usually relate to changes in your financial situation that are beyond your control. People who are fired generally are not eligible for a modification.

Either parent or guardian can ask for a change in the support order. Support amounts can be adjusted, and there can also be a change in the person responsible for providing a child's health insurance.

Common reasons qualifying for a review:

  • Unemployed or laid off (through no fault of your own) for at least 30 consecutive days
  • 30% decrease in gross income for a period of six months because of circumstances beyond your control

How to Request a Modification

A modification review request form is available at the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) or on the Request for an Administrative Review of the Child Support Order (PDF). Prior to completing this form, it would be helpful for you to Instructions for Competition (PDF). The CSEA will consider your case and present a recommendation for a possible adjustment within five business days.

Please review the Are You Eligible for a Modification (PDF) to see if you might be eligible for a Review and Adjustment. You can get an idea of what your modified support level might be by using this Ohio Child Support Calculator.

If the CSEA determines you are eligible for a modification, you will get an Administrative Adjustment Review Notification. You should fully complete it, and you must return it to the CSEA on or before the scheduled date of your review.

Please know that the CSEA has authority to set an income for you even if you are currently unemployed. Also know that your request for a modification is likely to be denied if you do not give documentation showing you are eligible for an early review.

For more information, see frequently asked questions about Review and Adjustments.