2007 ORS § 416.425¹
Motions to modify financial responsibility orders
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(1) Any time support enforcement services are being provided under ORS 25.080 (Entity primarily responsible for support enforcement services), the obligor, the obligee, the party holding the support rights or the administrator may move for the existing order to be modified under this section. The motion shall be in writing in a form prescribed by the administrator, shall set out the reasons for modification and shall state the telephone number and address of the party requesting modification.

(2) The moving party shall state in the motion, to the extent known:

(a) Whether there is pending in this state or any other jurisdiction any type of support proceeding involving the dependent child, including a proceeding brought under ORS 25.287 (Proceedings to modify orders to comply with formula), 107.085 (Petition), 107.135 (Vacation or modification of judgment), 107.431 (Modification of portion of judgment regarding parenting time or child support), 108.110 (Petition for support of spouse and children), 109.100 (Petition for support), 109.103 (Proceeding to determine custody or support of child), 109.165 (Vacation or modification of judgment), 125.025 (Authority of the court in protective proceedings), 416.415 (Notice and finding of financial responsibility), 419B.400 (Authority to order support) or 419C.590 (Authority of court to order support) or ORS chapter 110; and

(b) Whether there exists in this state or any other jurisdiction a support order, as defined in ORS 110.303 (Definitions), involving the dependent child, other than the order the party is moving to modify.

(3) The moving party shall include with the motion a certificate regarding any pending support proceeding and any existing support order other than the order the party is moving to modify. The party shall use a certificate that is in a form prescribed by the administrator and include information required by the administrator and subsection (2) of this section.

(4) The moving party shall serve the motion upon the obligor, the obligee, the party holding the support rights and the administrator, as appropriate. The nonrequesting parties must be served in the same manner as provided for service of the notice and finding of financial responsibility under ORS 416.415 (Notice and finding of financial responsibility) (1)(a). Notwithstanding ORS 25.085 (Service on obligee), the requesting party must be served by first class mail to the requesting party’s last known address. The nonrequesting parties have 30 days to resolve the matter by stipulated agreement or to serve the moving party by regular mail with a written response setting forth any objections to the motion and a request for hearing. The hearing shall be conducted under ORS 416.427 (Hearings procedure).

(5) When the moving party is other than the administrator and no objections and request for hearing have been served within 30 days, the moving party may submit a true copy of the motion to the administrative law judge as provided in ORS 416.427 (Hearings procedure), except the default may not be construed to be a contested case as defined in ORS chapter 183. Upon proof of service, the administrative law judge shall issue an order granting the relief sought.

(6) When the moving party is the administrator and no objections and request for hearing have been served within 30 days, the administrator may enter an order granting the relief sought.

(7) A motion for modification made under this section does not stay the administrator from enforcing and collecting upon the existing order unless so ordered by the court in which the order is entered.

(8) An administrative order filed in accordance with ORS 416.440 (Filing order with court) is a final judgment as to any installment or payment of money that has accrued up to the time the nonrequesting party is served with a motion to set aside, alter or modify the judgment. The administrator may not set aside, alter or modify any portion of the judgment that provides for any payment of money for minor children that has accrued before the motion is served. However:

(a) The administrator may allow a credit against child support arrearages for periods of time, excluding reasonable parenting time unless otherwise provided by order or judgment, during which the obligor, with the knowledge and consent of the obligee or pursuant to court order, has physical custody of the child; and

(b) The administrator may allow a credit against child support arrearages for any Social Security or veterans’ benefits paid retroactively to the child, or to a representative payee administering the funds for the child’s use and benefit, as a result of a parent’s disability or retirement.

(9) The party requesting modification has the burden of showing a substantial change of circumstances or that a modification is appropriate under the provisions of ORS 25.287 (Proceedings to modify orders to comply with formula).

(10) An administrative order modifying a court order is not effective until the administrative order is reviewed and approved by the court that entered the court order. The court shall make a written finding on the record that the administrative order complies with the formula established by ORS chapter 25. The court may approve the administrative order at any time after the order is issued. If upon review the court finds that the administrative order should not be approved, the court shall set the matter for hearing de novo.

(11) The obligee is a party to all proceedings under this section.

(12) An order entered under this section that modifies a support order because of the incarceration of the obligor is effective only during the period of the obligor’s incarceration and for 60 days after the obligor’s release from incarceration. The previous support order is reinstated by operation of law on the 61st day after the obligor’s release from incarceration. An order that modifies a support order because of the obligor’s incarceration must contain a notice that the previous order will be reinstated on the 61st day after the obligor’s release from incarceration. [1979 c.421 §5; 1985 c.671 §37; 1989 c.566 §2; 1991 c.519 §4; 1993 c.596 §33; 1995 c.609 §1; 1999 c.127 §1; 1999 c.836 §1; 2003 c.75 §88; 2003 c.116 §13; 2003 c.419 §4; 2003 c.572 §16b; 2003 c.576 §208a; 2005 c.560 §13]