I have a Maine Child Support Obligation - How Can I Change The Amount of My Payments?
In Maine, child support orders are most commonly established in one of two ways: 1) by Order of the District Court, or, 2) through the issuance of an "Administrative Child Support Decision" from the Child Support Division of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
I have a district court order that requires me to pay child support, do I need to go back to court to have the amount changed?Only the Court can modify its order and a party must file a motion to modify child support to prompt the court to review its order. If the court recently issued the child support order (less than three years ago) then your new calculation must change the amount you pay by 15% or more for the new calculation to be the amount ordered.
I pay support pursuant to an administrative child support decision, do I need to go to court to have the payment changed?If the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has established your obligation, the easiest way to have the order reviewed is to ask the Department to review the administrative order. This occurs when you file a written request to amend your administrative order with the Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery. If the Department is enforcing the order, you can submit it to the local agent that handles your case. If the Department is not actively enforcing your order (you pay the other person directly) then you can send a written request to the Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery, Central Registry. However, to make sure that your request is acted upon, you should also send your request to the Office of Administrative Hearings in Augusta. A hearing will be set up and you will be able to present your case to an Administrative Hearings Officer.