Skip to main content
Back to Top


Changing a child support order

Date Added to Library: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 19:27
Organizational Author: 
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Individual Author: 
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Reference Type: 
Research Methodology: 
Place Published: 
Washington, D.C.
Published Date: 
March 2014
Published Date (Text): 
March 2014

This guide offers information to help parents, and people who work with parents, better understand the child support review and modification process. It explains how parents can request to have their child support order changed when their financial situation changes. You’ll see that much of this guide relates to changes handled by the child support agency, although some state-specific information addresses court processes. Parents and others can find phone numbers, websites, and forms (where available) to help start the modification process. Parents who do not know a lot about the child support system may find this guide especially useful. It will also help parents who may not have access to the internet. The information focuses on how incarcerated parents can ask to have a child support order changed. And, it includes website links for partners to find more resources. If you want to help a parent navigate the child support system, this guide is for you! The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement prepared the guide, consulting with the state and territorial child support offices. If a tribal program issued an order, please check with that program. Note that programs evolve and may offer newer information, so please check with your local child support agency for updates. (Author introduction) 

Target Populations: 
Geographic Focus: 
Page Count: 

The SSRC is here to help you! Do you need more information on this record?

If you are unable to access the full-text of the article from the Public URL provided, please email our Librarians for assistance at

In addition to the information on this record provided by the SSRC, you may be able to use the following options to find an electronic copy from an online subscription service or your local library:

  • Worldcat to find an electronic copy from an online subscription service
  • Google Scholar to discover other full text options