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Pleading Contents (Petition to Modify Child Support or Spousal Maintenance):

The "substantial and continuing changes in circumstances" that merit a change in support (i.e., change in parenting time, income, childcare costs, or health insurance, one or more children have emancipated, you had another child, etc.) -- The relief you are asking the court to grant (change child support to $500/month) Whether the matter is a IV-D (four-dee) matter or not. If you don't know, you most likely are not. -- What the current support order calls for (i.e., "The current court order directs Father to pay to Mother $1,200 per month for child support.") -- The date the prior order was entered -- The name and location of the court that entered the prior order -- For child support, there are two ways to modify, standard and simplified process. If the increase or decrease in support is more than 15%, you can request a simplified child support modification. To do so, merely indicate in bold letters "(SIMPLIFIED PROCESS)"

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Other required documents:

Completed Affidavit of Financial Information (AFI) -- Child Support Worksheet -- Proposed Child Support Order -- Blank Affidavit of Financial Information -- Blank Order to Appear

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Filing

Take the following to the filing counter to be filed: Filing fee - currently $81 in Maricopa County -- Petition (original + 3 copies) - the clerk will notarize the petition if you haven't already done so -- Affidavit of Financial Information (original + 3 copies) -- Child Support Worksheet (4 copies)

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After filing, deliver the following to the judge:

Petition -- Completed Affidavit of Financial Information -- Proposed Child Support Orders (3) -- Child Support Worksheet -- Blank Orders to Appear (3) -- Self-addressed stamped envelopes (one addressed to you, one to the other party)

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Serve the following on the other party:

Blank Affidavit of Financial Information -- Proposed Child Support Order -- Proposed Order to Appear -- Completed Affidavit of Financial Information -- Child Support Worksheet -- Petition