This article is a step by step guide to learn how to review a child support case for a modification. There is a printable Modification Checklist at the end of this article.
- Cases in need of review and adjustment, or modification, can come directly from customer requests, from the case specialist recognizing the need, and from reports. Title 43 and Sections 231 through 240.23 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 303.8 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Section 666 of Title 42, Sections 501 through 596 of Title 50A, and Section 1738B of Title 28 of the United States Code govern and guide CSS in modifying support orders.
- When a customer requests a modification, the specialist must review the case and determine if a modification is warranted within 15 days. Once a review is initiated in the OBLRV screen, the specialist has 180 calendar days to obtain an order for the new support amount. The Modification Checklist will aid you in determining if a case is in need of a modification.
- Verify that Oklahoma has jurisdiction to modify an order by using this tool. Carefully read through this document to better understand jurisdiction rules.
- When there is a material change in circumstances, a modification is necessary to set support at a reasonable amount. The Right-Sizing User Guide will help you in the process of setting reasonable and just support orders.
- Complete the online modification training titled “Review & Adjust: Updating the OBLRV Screen” in order to learn how to comply with federal regulations in relation to modifying child support orders
- The Review and Adjust manual explains how to use the CSS computer database in relation to discovering cases in need of modifications, how to properly update the OBLRV screen, and methods of generating documents to expedite the modification process.