How Do I Modify Amount Paid On Ohio Child Support Case
by Jerimiah Cope
(West Milton, Ohio)
My child support order was established on July 3, 2007 in the amount of $652.44 monthly. I am also court ordered to keep health coverage on my two children, ages five and three. I live in Miami County, Ohio and the children and their mother live in Fayette county Ohio. The order was established when I was making $14.20 per hour. I attempted to get a modification from the Fayette county C.S.A. My case worker told me that I met the decrease in pay requirement (30% or more decrease). I did not meet the three year requirement for a modification, but if my employer that I worked for, when my order was established, would communicate the reason for my employment change that I would be eligible for the modification.
My previous employer would not communicate with the C.S.A. and would give no reason for my employment change. I am now making $9.26 per hour and barely able to make my other monthly bills. I gross approximately $730.00 every two weeks and my net pay is approximately $250.00. In the refusal of the C.S.A. to modify my order I have gotten behind in paying my support because I cannot pay the full amount. A second order was issued to take more from my pay check to catch up on back support. I am not eligible for a modification until July 3, 2010. I was told by my case worker that I would have to get a lawyer and go back to court to get my requested modification. I cannot afford a $250 per hour lawyer while I barely pay my other monthly obligations. What can be done to resolve this?