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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Review and Adjustment

    Adjusting Your Child Support Order, The Administrative Review

    An administrative review is a process used when one party to a child support case believes the amount of child support ordered to be paid should be changed because it is too high or too low.

    Either a custodial or non-custodial parent may request the CSED to conduct an Administrative Adjustment Review every 36 months. Under Ohio law, certain circumstances permit a review before the standard 36 month time frame.

    For example, if either party experiences a loss of employment for a period of at least six months, the State permits a review. The loss of employment must be beyond the party's control and be reasonably expected to continue for an extended period of time. In addition, if either party becomes permanently disabled, reducing his or her earning capacity, the State permits a review. The disability must be medically verified. Also, if either party experiences a 30% change in gross income for a period of at least 6 months, the State permits a review. A decrease in income must be beyond the party's control and must be reasonably expected to continue for an extended period of time.

    When conducting an administrative review, the CSED uses State guidelines to objectively review the information provided. It then makes an independent recommendation on the amount of support that should be paid.

    If the custodial parent receives public assistance, the CSED must perform a review automatically every three years.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q. I just heard that my son's mother has had three promotions in the last four years but the child support is still like it was six years ago. Is there some way to find out when she has a raise?

    A. Our office reviews child support orders every three years if the family is receiving TANF. Other orders being enforced through our office may be reviewed every three years if either parent requests such a review in writing. Ask you caseworker for information about reviewing and, if appropriate, modifying your child support order.

    Q. What can I do to get my support increased if it is too low?

    A. If you come to our office for a modification of your order, we will need to determine the present income and assets of the non-custodial parent, together with your financial situation and the needs of the child. Our office can then review your case for possible modification of the ordered amount.

    Fact Sheet:
    Administrative Review and Adjustment Process

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