Procedures for requesting a formal review of a child support order vary by state, and the criteria to qualify for a review also varies by state.  Some situations when you may be able to request a review include:

  • An increase or decrease in a parent’s income
  • A change in the custody arrangement
  • A change in the number of dependents
  • An increase or decrease in the child’s living expenses

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If your state has a child support enforcement unit, you may be able to request a review by phone, write a Child Support Review Letter, or complete another state-specific form to ask for a review. 

In some states, a petition must be lodged with the court to have the order modified. In this situation, it’s best to consult with an attorney who specializes in child support matters.

To get more information on procedures for modifying child support payments, check the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources for child support resources by state.  For more help, find a family lawyerin your area.

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