Review of Your Child Support Order
Child support is calculated using information about your income and the other parent’s income, certain expenses and number of dependents in a state mandated formula. Both the CSEA and the Court follow the Ohio Child Support Guidelines.
A modification or review of support is a four step process.
STEP ONE: Requesting a Review
A review may be requested by either parent and must always be in writing. Within 15 days of the request, the Child Support Agency will determine whether a review should be conducted. The parent requesting the review will be notified if the review will not be conducted and the reason why.
STEP TWO: The Review
Both parties will be sent a financial information packet. Both parties have 45 days to complete and mail their packets back to the agency. If the parent requesting the review fails to respond within the 45 day limit, the review shall be denied/terminated for non-cooperation. However, once the completed packet is received, the review cannot be terminated by the requesting parent.
The revised order shall be included in an Administrative Adjustment Recommendation. The support amount shall not be changed unless it varies more than 10% from the current order.
The recommendation shall include a notice that either party may request an administrative hearing within 30 days of the date of the adjustment, if they do agree with the adjustment. If either party still disagrees, they have the right to request a court hearing. If no hearing is requested, the reviewed amount of support will be submitted to the court.
STEP THREE: The Objection Period
If administrative hearing is to be set, the hearing shall be scheduled within 15 days after receiving the request. The parties shall be mailed a notice of the hearing at least 10 days prior to the hearing. One good cause continuance may be granted to each party, provided the request is received prior to the hearing. However, the new hearing must be set within 15 days of the initially scheduled hearing.
STEP FOUR: The Administrative Hearing Decision
The decision shall be issued after the hearing. Either party may request a court hearing by submitting an objection to the CSEA in writing or the appropriate court, either the Domestic Relations Court or Juvenile Court with copy to the CSEA within 15 days of the issuance of the administrative hearing decision.