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Either parent may request a modification of their existing child support order when there has been a significant and continuing change within the household, such as:
Change in income of either party; loss of a job, disability, adding or changing health insurance.
Change in the amount of time the child(dren) spend with each parent or change in custody
Incarceration of the paying parent.
Do I qualify for a modification?
You will be asked to provide your financial information and to complete the Request for Modification Review along with supported documents. We will collect financial information from both parents. A modification may be appropriate if the current support order would increase or decrease by at least 15% or $50 a month, whichever is less. You may also file for a modification on your own through your local court.
Modification Packet Division of Child Support Services P.O. BOX 40458 Phoenix AZ 85072
How do I withdraw my modification request after the process has started?
The modification review may result in an increase or decrease in your monthly child support amount depending on the current circumstances of both parents. Generally, the process will continue regardless of whether the child support amount increases or decreases.
Do I need an attorney to represent me?
You are not required to have an attorney for the process, but you always have the right to hire private counsel.
When does the new amount go into effect?
The new monthly child support amount will be on the order signed by the judge. The child support amount typically begins the first day of the month after the date of the court hearing.
What if the other party doesn’t turn in any information?
DCSS will review all financial information available through our various sources.
How long does the modification process take?
DCSS should complete the review and modification within six (6) months, however, this may vary according to the court schedule.
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Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable modification based on language or disability should submit a request as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the modification. The process for requesting a reasonable modification can be found at Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Modification.