Asking the court to change a child support order
- Fill out your court forms.
- Have your forms reviewed.
- Make at least 2 copies of all your forms.
- File your forms with the court clerk.
- Get your court date.
- Serve your papers on the other parent (and the LCSA if involved)
- File your proof of service.
- Go to your court hearing.
How often can you ask for an increase in child support?
Asking for a change: Either parent or custodian can ask to have a child support order reviewed at least every three years or whenever there is a substantial change of circumstances (such as loss of employment or incarceration), to make sure that the order remains fair.
Does child support go up if you make more money?
Modifications are based on the parent’s current income. If you are making more money now than you were when the child support order was established or last modified, the court may increase the amount of child support you are ordered to pay.
How do I get my child support payments lowered?
To lower your payments, you will need to file a motion in court to modify your child support payments. You will need to file this motion in the court that issued the initial child support order. Most courts have pre-printed “fill in the blank” motion forms. You can check with the court clerk to see if they have a form.
How much does it cost to modify child support?
If you file on your own, it costs $50 to file a Complaint for Modification. If the Department of Revenue files the case, there is no filing fee. Serving the complaint and summons costs $35.00-$45.00. The deputy sheriff or constable charges this fee.