A child support order can be modified if the parent requesting the modification can demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances has occurred since the order was established or last modified. According to Section 3119.79 of the Ohio Revised Code if the new amount of child support would be more than 10% different from the previous amount then a change of circumstances has occurred.
The order can also be modified if the Court determines that the previous order does not adequately provide for the health care needs of the child, or if the Court determines that a substantial change of circumstances has occurred which was not contemplated at the time of the prior.
If there has been a change of circumstances then the Court will follow the same process as if establishing a support order to determine the correct amount of support, matters about the health care needs of the children, and which parent will claim the federal tax dependency exemptions.
For additional information, read the topic “Establishing Child Support” on this website.