Modification/Review Process

The Review process, also known as the Modification process, is the method by which the child support obligation is reviewed to reflect the current financial situation of both parties.  The Review process takes several months to complete from the initial request to final order.

Reasons to Qualify for a Modification Review: Possible Results of Modification/ Review:

– Thirty-six (36) months have elapsed since establishment of the order or most recent review.


–  Obligor/Obligee employed or more gainfully employed. 


– Verified disability of either party.


– Institutionalization or incarceration of either party beyond the child’s minority age.


– Thirty percent (30%) change in gross income of either party.


–  One or more children emancipated.


–  To access availability of health insurance. 

– No Change:  (current child support amount and modified amount did NOT change by greater than 10%


 – Order remains the same).


– Increase in Current Child Support.


– Decrease in Current Child Support


If there is a change as a result of the modification, the new amount will commence the first day of the month after the modification was scheduled for review.

**  CSEA cannot predict the result of your modification, and parties take the chance of any of the above-mentioned results occurring.**

Other Information: How To Request A Modification/Review:
Minimum Orders:  If order is a minimum $50.00 per month order, the modification request can be accepted at any time. 


Health Insurance:  If the parties are seeking health insurance, the modification request can be accepted at any time.


Thirty percent (30%) Change in Income:  If reason for the modification request is a 30% change in income, it must be verified.  If the requestor is claiming a 30% change in income he/she must provide proof of the change at the time the request is made.

 Contact the Putnam County Child Support Enforcement Agency at (567) 376-3780 or toll free at 800-523-5799. 


Specified Social Security Benefits may terminate the child support obligation (Example:  Permanent Disability).  Certain types of Social Security Benefits may or may not be counted as income. Interstate cases may have different criteria; be sure to mention that one or both parties on the order reside out of state when requesting a review. Review may be terminated if requested information is not returned by the specified date.