When the court first grants your child support order, it expects changes down the road. As your children get older, needs change. You may also have changes in your finances. This is why the law allows for child support modification.
A modification is usually an option when you have a significant change in your circumstances. Either the parent paying or receiving support can make the request. You must follow a specific process to make this request. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services explains there are two ways to make your child support modification request.
If you or the other parent gets public assistance, the court automatically reviews your case every three years. You do not have to do anything to get this review. You also have the right to a review every three years automatically if you are not on public assistance, but you would have to request it.
If you do not have a public assistance case or it has not yet been three years since the court last reviewed your case, you can still seek modification. You would need to file a court motion. This is not a free process like the automatic request. You will pay fees to file. You also will need to provide the court with information to show you have grounds for asking the court to look at your case.
The information you provide will include financial details. You will need to show cause for a modification, such as a change in income.
The court does not expect your original court order to be sufficient for the long-term, especially if your children are young at the time of the order. Modification is an option open to you to get changes.