The Georgia Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) provides child support services that include reviewing a child support order.
When you ask us to review your support order, DCSS will determine whether an Agency Recommendation will be made as to the amount of current support. The amount may go up, go down, or stay the same. Past due support is not modified. We may also make a recommendation for either or both parents to provide accident and sickness insurance.
When reviewing and changing the support amount, we cannot address visitation and custody issues. You may be advised to talk to a private attorney about these issues. DCSS will provide you with a list of resources, if available in your area.
Note: The DCSS attorney does not represent either parent, but you may seek the assistance of your own attorney, or you may represent yourself.
If you are the person requesting a review, you will have to pay a $100 non-refundable review application fee when the review is complete, unless: You are currently receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and/or Medicaid benefits, or you can prove that your non-TANF gross income (before taxes) is $1000 or less per month.
When a review is requested, it may take up to six months to complete the process. The length of time varies depending upon how difficult it is to locate a necessary party, verify income or assets, obtain personal service of legal notice upon both parties, etc.
If another state is involved, that may delay the process. Another state may be involved if the order was entered in another state or if one of the parents lives in another state.
To obtain more information about the requirements for a review of your child support order and your support order was issued or reviewed less than 36 months ago, click on this link.