Modifying A Support Order
Either party has the right to have the case reviewed every 3 years from their last order. A party, or their respective attorneys, may also file a Petition for Modification before the 3 year review if he or she believes there is a material change in circumstances which may impact the current level of support. It is the petitioning party’s burden to prove the change in circumstance. There is a petition for modification fee that is to be paid by the filing party at the Domestic Relations Office by cash, credit card, or money order made out to Adams County Domestic Relations. Once a signed petition and petition fee is received, a modification conference is scheduled. If known, the parties’ attorneys are notified of the conference. The parties’ will be sent a packet of information to provide regarding their financial circumstances. Any reported employers will also be subpoenaed for income information. Filing a Petition for Modification does not guarantee that an order will be modified in the manner the filer requests.
Terminating A Support Order
Parties or their respective attorneys may file a petition to terminate current support if there is reason to do so by filing a Petition for Modification to Terminate Current Support. There is a petition fee associated with filing this request, which is to be paid by the petitioning party. Once a modification is filed, both parties are ordered to appear at a conference conducted by a Conference Officer. If known, the parties’ attorneys are notified of the conference. The parties’ will be sent a packet of information to provide regarding their incomes/financial situations. Any reported employers will also be subpoenaed for income information. Filing a Petition to Terminate does not guarantee that an order will be modified in the manner the filer requests. Any court fees the Defendant has accrued will need to be paid prior to the case closing.
If you are a Plaintiff filing a Petition to Terminate current support, please indicate whether or not you wish our office to collect any arrears due to you or if you would like to remit them.