Modifying Child Support Orders
Orders of child support may be modified in a number of different ways. As of 2010, the standard of modification includes the following:
- a substantial change in circumstances
- three years have passed since the order was issued, for orders made on or after October 13, 2010), or
- a 15% or more increase or decrease in either parent’s income since the original order was issued for orders orders made on or after October 13, 2010.
For orders made prior to October 13, 2010, the older standards still apply.
In addition, when there is a COLA adjustment for orders paid through the support collections unit, either side may object to the adjustment. By doing so, a de novo determination of child support is triggered.