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 percent 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 CSEA or at this link. Prior to completing this form, it would be helpful for you to review these instructions. The CSEA will consider your case and present a recommendation for a possible adjustment within five business days.
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.