Modification Of Child Support Orders

The non­custodial parent may request that the FSD or local child support agency review his/her case for modification. The amount of the child support may be modified by increasing or decreasing the order or by requiring the non­custodial parent to provide health insurance for the children. See Notice Of The Right To Request A Review. Based on financial and other information that both the custodial parent and non­custodial parent must provide the FSD or local child support agency will determine if a modification for a higher or lower amount is justified. Both parents will be informed of the FSD or local child support agency`s decision.

If the non­custodial parent is laid off from work or is receiving less pay than the amount the child support award was based on, he/she should immediately notify the FSD or local child support agency and request a review for modification of the support order.

If the custodial parent allows the child(ren) to visit or live with the non­custodial parent on a long­term or permanent basis, the non­custodial parent should immediately take action to have his/her support order terminated or modified by the court. The non­custodial parent may request that the order be modified, but he/she should also contact the FSD or local child support agency to schedule an appointment to discuss the situation. As long as there is a current support order requiring the non­custodial parent to pay support, unless the non­custodial parent takes immediate action, he/she may be required to pay support even if the children are living with him/her. For more information about the review process, please see Notice Of The Right To Request A Review.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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