Modify Child Support Without Agreement

Use this form packet if:  1. There is a current child support order between you and your child(ren)’s other parent; and 2. Circumstances have changed so much that the current child support order should be changed; and 3. You and the other parent do not agree on what the child support obligation should be.

Step 1:  Read The Instructions

Select and read the ‘Instructions’ packet below.

Step 2: Complete the Modification of Child Support Packet

1.  Use a computer to fill in the form blanks and print out the forms, or print out the forms and write your answers using a pen.  

Step 3: Complete A Child Support Obligation Worksheet, Gather Information for Income Withholding Order, and Check Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines

1.  Complete a Child Support Obligation Worksheet. If you do not file a completed Child Support Obligation Worksheet, the Court may not hear your case.  

Go to Child Support Work Obligation Worksheet to use the online calculator or to print blank forms.

2.  Review this information on Income Withholding

3.  Review Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines.

Step 4: File Your Completed Forms

1.  Check your county court’s local rules here. 

2.  Take the originals and copies of your forms (the completed packet of forms linked below, Child Support Obligation Worksheet, and Income Withholding Order) to the Clerk of the Court that issued the current child support order.   The Clerk will stamp the forms with a filing date and give you back a copy.

3.  Mail one stamped copy of each form that you filed to the other parent’s attorney, or the other parent if he or she is not represented by an attorney.

4.  Leave two stamped envelopes, one with your address and one with the other parent’s (or other parent’s attorney’s) address, with the Clerk for mailing the signed order.

Step 5: The Hearing

1.  Watch the chapter(s) on preparing for your hearing in the video Family Matters: Choosing to Represent Yourself in Court.

2.  Before you go to Court, you should review the Child Support statute (IC 31-16) so that you know what evidence you need to give to the Judge.  Bring a copy of your Child Support Worksheet and information for an Income Withholding Order. 

3.  Dress nicely and be on time.

4.  You will get to talk first, because you are the one who filed for the motion. Then, the other parent will get a chance to talk. Do not interrupt the Judge or the other parent.

5.  Sometimes, the Judge will make his or her decision right away. Sometimes you will have to wait for the decision to come in the mail. The Judge might sign the order you provided or issue one of his or her own. If it has been several weeks since the hearing and you have still not received an order in the mail, call the Court and ask for a copy.

Read the Instructions First

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I Have Read The Instructions

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