Important Information on Changing a Support Order (Emergency Rule 13)

How to Ask the Court to Change a Support Order
Your financial situation may have changed.

If so, you may want a:

  • new child support order, or
  • new spousal/partner support order.

To ask for a new order, you must file papers at court.

If you cannot file papers because of COVID-19, the new Emergency Rule 13 lets you start your case now, and file your papers at court later.

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 To start your case, someone mails a copy of your unfiled court forms to: 

  • your child’s other parent,    
  • your former spouse or partner, or
  • the local child support agency.

The complete steps are explained below.
The process is different if the local child support agency is involved.

Important! Mail your forms as soon as possible. The new rule allows the court to change support, but only back to the date you mailed the unfiled forms.

Free help: Every county has a family law facilitator that can help explain the process and help you fill out paperwork. Depending on your county, the facilitator may still be open or offer help online or by phone. Find the facilitator in your county for more information.


1. Fill out forms.

Fill out, sign, and date: 

If the court already made a child support order and judgment in your case (for example, form FL-180 or FL-250), also fill out this form: 

Declaration Regarding Address Verification–Postjudgment Request to Modify a Child Custody, Visitation, or Child Support Order (form FL-334).

2. Make copies.

Make 3 copies of each form.

Keep your signed original forms to file later.

3. Have someone mail the unfiled forms.

A server (someone 18 years or older – not you) mails 1 copy of your forms to the other side (your child’s other parent or your former spouse or partner).
 

Note: If the court has not made a judgment in your case yet, and the other side has a lawyer, mail the copies to their lawyer instead. 

The server must mail:

  • 1 copy of your unfiled forms
  • 1 blank Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320)
  • 1 blank Income and Expense Declaration (form FL-150)

The server then fills out form FL-335 , Proof of Service by Mail.

4. File your forms at court and pay your fee.

File at court

  • The original plus 2 copies of the forms listed in Step 1, and   
  • The original plus 1 copy of form FL-335.

If your local court is closed, ask them if you can file:

  • by U.S. mail,
  • e-mail or e-file, or
  • by drop box.

If you file by mail or drop box, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
The clerk will charge a fee to file your forms

If you cannot afford the fee, you can ask for a fee waiver

5. Have someone mail the filed forms. 

The court will stamp your copies “FILED,” and return them to you. Have a server send the copies of the FILED forms to the other side.
Follow these steps:

  • A server (someone 18 years or older – not you) mails a copy of the FILED forms to the other side.
  • The server then fills out a new form FL-335 , Proof of Service by Mail for these FILED forms.

Then you file the original plus 1 copy of the new FL-335 before your court date.

6. Update your financial info if…

You need to file and serve an updated form FL-150 at least one week before your court date, if

  • Your court date is more than 90 days after you signed your last FL-150, or
  • Your financial situation has changed.

1. Fill out forms.

Fill out, sign, and date:

If the court has already made a child support order and judgment in your case (for example, form FL-630), also fill out this form: 

Declaration Regarding Address Verification–Postjudgment Request to Modify a Child Custody, Visitation, or Child Support Order (form FL-334).

2. Make copies.

Make 5 copies of each form.  

Keep your signed original forms to file later.

3. Have someone mail the unfiled forms.

A server (someone 18 years or older – not you) mails the local child support agency:

  • 2 copies of your unfiled forms
  • 1 blank Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320)
  • 1 blank Income and Expense Declaration (form FL-150)

The agency then mails the other parent 1 copy of your unfiled forms and the blank forms listed above.

The server then fills out form FL-335 , Proof of Service by Mail.

4. File your forms at court.

File at court

  • The original plus 3 copies of the papers listed in Step 1, and
  • The original plus 1 copy of form FL-335

If your local court is closed, ask them if you can file:

  • by U.S. mail,
  • e-mail or e-file, or
  • by drop box.

If you file by mail or drop box, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

5. Have someone mail the filed forms.

The court will stamp your copies “FILED,” and return them to you. Have a server send the copies of the FILED forms to the local child support agency.
Follow these steps:

  • A server (someone 18 years or older – not you) mails 2 copies of the FILED papers to the local child support agency. (The agency will mail a copy to the other side.)
    Deadline:The server must mail these copies at least 30 days before your court date.
  • The server then fills out a new form FL-335 , Proof of Service by Mail for these FILED forms.

Then you file the original plus 1 copy of the new FL-335 before your court date.

6. Update your financial info if…

You need to file and serve an updated form FL-150 at least one week before your court date, if

  • Your court date is more than 90 days after you signed your last FL-150, or
  • Your financial situation has changed.