Reviewing a Court Order for a Change Having an order changed is often referred to as order modification. Only a court can change a child support order. Options to modify an order for support are as follows: If both parents can agree to a new payment amount, they may file a Stipulation and Order to Amend Judgment form with the local County Clerk of Court's office. There is no filing fee for this type of request. A parent may file a motion to modify the order pro se with the local County Clerk of Court's office. If both parents do not agree to the terms, there is a $30 filing fee for this type of request that requires a court date. A parent may hire an attorney to file an action on their behalf. A parent may request a review of their child support case from their local child support agency. There is no fee for this service. If a parent requests a review of their case from the local child support agency, the agency has up to 180 days to complete the review. A child support agency may deny the request, attempt to facilitate an agreement with the other parent, or set a court date for review by a judge. The order review looks at three issues: Does the dollar amount in the child support order follow the Percentage of Income Guidelines? Does the court order include medical support? Has there been a substantial change in circumstances since the last order? Find out how the child support agency decides to proceed on a request to review a case below A review WILL be done when: A parent gets cash assistance benefits for the children, and the order has not been reviewed for three years. A parent asks for a review, and the order has not been reviewed in three years. A court orders the review. A review MIGHT be done when: A parent hires an attorney to ask the court for a review. A parent asks the court for a review by filing his or her own motion. The last review was less than three years ago, but there has been a substantial change in circumstance. The noncustodial parent is incarcerated. Examples of a substantial change in circumstance The paying parent receives a raise or decrease in salary that would lead to a monthly change in the support order of more than $50. The court changes a child's placement, and the child is now placed with the parent who is ordered to pay support. The paying parent is no longer responsible to pay support for an older child on a case, and a lower monthly support amount is requested. The parent getting support now receives public assistance benefits, and the order is old or no support was ordered. A review WILL NOT be done when: A parent has no legal duty to provide current support. For example, all children are legal adults, or the parental rights were terminated for one parent. Good Cause has been found or is pending for a parent enrolled in the W-2 program. The order is from another state, and that other state manages the support order. The whereabouts of a parent are unknown. The paying parent has voluntarily reduced his or her income.