This information is to help you if you need to change a Department of Health Human Services (DHHS) Child Support Order. If a Court ordered you to pay child support, this information will not help you. Go here for our guide on How To: Change or Enforce Your Maine Divorce or Parental Rights Order.
Here are the rules.
Step One: Fill out this form. Be sure to include the following information:
Step Two: Make a copy of the form and mail the original to the DHHS address in Augusta (at top of the form). Write down when you mailed the form to DHHS.
DHHS will either send you a notice of hearing or a notice denying the hearing. If you are denied a hearing, you may appeal that decision within 30 days. Send your written response to the DHHS hearing office. Also, file a "request to amend" the order. See last paragraph below.
If a hearing is scheduled, go to the hearing. To prepare for the hearing, be ready to explain:
You received TANF for some or all of the months you have been ordered to pay support. (You should not have any debt for these months.)
You have records of support you paid which you have not been given credit for. (Bring any documents you have to prove this, such as cancelled checks, or record of payments made.)
The amount of support you were ordered to pay assumes more income than you actually had. (Bring records such as wages stubs or tax returns.)
Note: At the hearing, if the hearing officer is not convinced that you have "good cause" to set aside the old order, you can still ask that it be changed for the future, from the date you filed your written request.
If the order is more than one year old, you cannot get it set aside. But you can get it changed for the future, beginning with the date you file a "request to amend" the order. If you want to do this, click here for our information How To: Change or Enforce Your Maine Divorce or Parental Rights Order