Modify Child Support - Minnesota Court Forms and Information
What is Child Support Modification?
Modification means changing an existing court order. Either parent can ask for a change in child support by filing a motion in court to modify their child support order.
When can I modify my child support order?
You can file a motion to modify at any time, but the court only sees certain things as reasons to modify a child support order.
A judge or magistrate needs to see if there has been a "substantial change" in the needs of the child or parents’ finances that makes the order you have unfair.
You may be able to get a modification if:
- There is a change of at least 20% in the gross income of the parent who pays the support
- There is a change in the number of joint children supported by the parent who pays the support
- A parent starts getting public assistance
- There is a large change in child care costs
- There is a change in availability of medical or dental coverage
- A joint child becomes disabled
- Both parties agree to change (modify) the order