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The Kansas Supreme Court
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka Kansas 66612-1507

Office of Judicial Administration
Telephone:
 785.296.2256
Fax:  785.296.7076
Email: info@kscourts.org

Appellate Clerk's Office
Telephone:
 785.296.3229
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org


Changes of Circumstance

Courts have continuing jurisdiction to modify child support orders to advance the welfare of the child when there is a material change of circumstances.  In addition to changes of circumstances which have traditionally been considered by courts, any of the following constitute a material change of circumstances to warrant judicial review of existing support orders:

A. Change of financial circumstances of the parents or the guidelines which would increase or decrease by 10% the amount shown on Line F.3 of the worksheet, except that the income from a second job taken by the parent not having primary residency shall not alone be considered a material change of circumstances to warrant a modification of the parent’s child support obligation.  Income from bonuses not shown to be regularly paid by the employer shall not be considered a material change of circumstances to warrant a modification of the parent’s child support obligation.

An increase in the gross income of the parent having primary residency is not a material change of circumstances for the purpose of increasing the child support obligation.

A parent shall notify the other parent of any change of financial circumstances including, but not necessarily limited to, income, work-related child care costs, and health insurance premiums which, if changed, could constitute a material change of circumstances.

Upon receipt of written request for financial information, a parent shall have thirty days within which to provide the requested information in writing to the other parent.  Refusal to provide the requested information may make the non-complying parent responsible for the costs and expenses, including attorney fees, incurred in obtaining the requested information.

B. The child is in a higher age group as a result of having passed the child’s 6th or 12th birthday or because the children’s age places them in the higher age group as a result in the change in the guidelines.

C.  Emancipation of the child.

D. Failure to comply with the terms of a positive or negative adjustment to the Basic Parental Child Support Obligation awarded by the court, such as failure to exercise parenting time or non-utilization of a special needs allocation for private schooling.