File the Petition. In order to advise the Court that you wish to modify your current child support order, you must file the Petition for Modification of Child Support and Judgment for Arrears (“Petition”). If you are filing the Petition, you are the “Petitioner” regardless of whether you were the Plaintiff or the Defendant when the child support order was first entered. The other party will be referred to as the “Respondent.”
The Petition is given to the Clerk of the District Court where the original child support order was issued. Ask the Clerk for your case number. Delivering the Petition to the Clerk’s office is called filing a case. A filing fee is required. Ask the Clerk what the amount of the filing fee is and what forms of payment are accepted. You will also need to file the Confidential Statement of the Parties for Child Support Order and have the Clerk issue the Summons.
Take the original and two (2) copies of each document to the Clerk’s office. The Clerk will give copies of each document back to you after stamping them with the date they were filed. This is called a “file stamp.” You should keep one copy of each document for your records. The other set of documents will need to be served upon the Respondent.