2. Agree to change your court order

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How do I change child support in my court order?
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2. Agree to change your court order

If you and your partner can agree on changing your child support order, you do not have go to court to have a judge make a decision for you. But you still need to file documents with the court and get a new order based on your agreement. The court then makes a consent order based on your agreement.

You can also now file most family law forms and documents for a family court case online, including a consent order. For more information, read the question How do I file court forms for my family law case online? If you're not allowed to, or don't want to file your documents online, then you have to file them in person at the courthouse.

If you file in-person, take your completed documents at the same level of court that made your court order. So, if the Superior Court of Justice made the order, you must go back to a Superior Court of Justice in the jurisdiction that your child currently lives to change it.

There is a guide on how to file documents.

You need to fill out:

You can get family law court forms from the courthouse or online. They are available in French and English.

Get your order

The court clerk gives your documents to a judge to review and make an order. You usually don't need to see the judge because you and your partner are agreeing to the changes.

But, if the judge has questions for you or your partner, the court clerk will contact you with a court date or give you with a copy of the judge's endorsement that sets out any other steps you or your partner have to take.

If you get a new child support order, the court sends the order, the Support Deduction Order Information Form, and the Support Deduction Order to the Family Responsibility Office.

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Reviewed: August 19, 2020

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