When is Child Support Modification Considered?:
Generally, the courts will only consider child support modification when there is a substantial change in either the obligor's income or the child's need.
When Should a Custodial Parent Request Child Support Modification?:
A custodial parent should request a child support modification if he/she believes that the other parent's income has changed significantly since the order was originated or there has been a significant increase in your child's financial needs (due to a medical condition or other unforeseen circumstances).
When Should a Non-Custodial Parent Request Child Support Modification?:
A non-custodial parent paying child support should request a child support modification if he/she has experienced a significant decrease in income since the original child support order was established.
How Can I Request a Child Support Modification?:
Either parent can request a child support modification through the Child Support Enforcement Office in the state where the child support order was issued. Upon contacting the agency, you'll need to file a formal motion requesting a modification due to a change in circumstances.