The CSEA can review a current child support order every 36 months. We may be able to review it sooner if qualifications are met such as: Unemployment, disability, 30% or more decrease in income, 30% or more increase in income, insurance coverage, permanent institutionalization, etc.
If the Agency is unable to modify the support order for any reason, the parties can file a motion to modify in Domestic Relations Court. http://www.medinadomesticrelations.org/
Adjustment Review Process
- A party to a case requests an Administrative Review of the Support Order by completing a request for an Administrative Review of the Child Support Order. The request can be mailed to you by contacting our agency or you can print it out at http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/file.asp?id=651&type=application/pdf, complete the request, and mail or fax it back to the agency.
- The caseworker reviews the request within 15 days and determines if it is approved or denied. If the request is denied, the caseworker will send a letter to the requestor advising the request has been denied and why. If the request has been approved…
- A review packet is sent to both parties, requesting financial information, to be returned by the review date.
- Both parties are required to return the packet with requested information. If the requestor of the review does not return the packet, the review will be canceled. If the other party does not return the information, we may end up imputing income.
- The caseworker will run all of the information necessary through the guidelines to determine the child support and medical support obligation to be paid by the obligor.
- After the review has been conducted, the parties will receive the Findings and Recommendations in the mail. With administrative orders, the parties have 30 calendar days plus 3 business days to object to the findings. With court orders the parties have 14 calendar days plus 3 business days to object to the findings.
- If neither party objects, the order is typed and sent to be filed with the court, if it’s a court order. Administrative orders are typed and mailed to both parties and will become final if neither party files objections with the court within 30 days.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a way to find out if support will increase or decrease before I request the review?
You can access Ohio’s Child Support Calculator at https://ohiochildsupportcalculator.ohio.gov/home.html.
While it is difficult to know how the support will change without knowing the other party’s financial information, this site can be useful.
Does the CSEA automatically review my support order?
The CSEA does not automatically review a child support order, a party to the case would need to request a review to have one done. The CSEA MAY schedule a review if the obligee is receiving public assistance and it has been 36 months since the last review.
Do you modify arrears only orders?
The agency cannot review arrears only orders. If you feel that you cannot afford the payment on arrears, you would need to file a motion in court to amend the arrears payment.
Do you modify spousal support orders?
We do not review spousal support orders. If you feel you cannot afford the payment on your spousal support order, you would need to file a motion in court to amend the spousal support obligation amount.
Do you count my spouse’s or the other parent’s spouse’s income?
The only income used to determine a child support obligation is the parents of the child(ren) on the order. We do not include the spouse(s) income as they are not responsible for the child(ren), the parents are.
Why do I have to provide proof of my situation when requesting a modification prior to 3 years?
Because we need proof of a 30% increase or decrease in income to review the order earlier than three years. This is for either party. The agency will deny your request of an early review without documentation. If it has been less than 3 years the documentation of the qualifying change must be attached to the Request for an Administrative Review of the Support Order (JFS 01849)
How long does it take to know if the Modification is granted or denied?
Within 15 days.
Do I have to appear at the Administrative Review?
No. The initial review date is done in house without either party present. Both parties will receive our recommendation in the mail.
Is my employer notified right away to amend my wage withholding?
No. Nothing is changed in the system until the amended child support order is signed by the hearing officer or by the judge and filed. When you receive the “Findings and Recommendations” in the mail, they are just that. They are not the final order. Both parties have time to object to the Findings and Recommendations. You should not bring these to your employer and tell them to change your wage withholding. We will send your employer an amended wage withholding when the order is finalized.
I have a new Divorce/Dissolution order and I don’t agree with it, can you help?
Any divorce actions, including but not limited to child support, medical support, custody, visitation, property settlements, must be handled/filed in court.
We Agreed Child Support would be $0.00 in a court order. I now want Support, can you help me?
If you agreed in a court order that child support would be set at $0.00 (for any reason) and you now want support, we cannot assist you with modifying your child support order. You must file a motion to modify in court if you want child support modified.