Child Support Law
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.