Posted by Mary E. Ramos | Child Support
Even when you receive a “final” order in a Texas divorce or paternity case, it is important to remember that child support is subject to modification in certain situations. Change is inevitable,
so when a new reality impacts the payor, recipient, or child, the laws allow for appropriate adjustments. The Texas child support statute provides for a periodic review, which may also give rise to a modification. However, beyond this basic overview, the details are complex and the legal process can be daunting.
You can count on The Ramos Law Group, PLLC to assist with child support modifications, whether it is you or the other parent that seeks changes. We can advise you on what options are available and guide you in pursuing them. Please contact our firm today to set up a consultation with a Texas child support modification lawyer who can explain what to expect. You can also read on for some background information on the relevant legal concepts.
Process for Modifying Child Support in Texas
The steps and requirements will vary based upon the reasons behind making changes to child support. There are two scenarios in which a modification may be suitable:
- At least three years have passed since the current child support order was entered by the court. In such a case, a judge will consider a modification if the payor’s income deviates from statutory child support guidelines by 20 percent or $100.
- There has been a material, substantial change in circumstances for the child or either parent. For instance, if your child’s health care needs are different from when the order was entered, a court might increase the support obligation. Parental incomes are also a factor, so you can expect a modification if you win the lottery or inherit a large sum of money. On the flip side, a reduction in income can also be grounds to change child support.
It is possible for parents to agree on child support modification, but it is still necessary to go to court to enter a new order. If you cannot agree, it will be necessary to take your matter to a hearing for the judge to determine whether modification is appropriate.
Gain an Advantage by Working with a Lawyer
Our Texas child support modification attorneys at The Ramos Law Group, PLLC will shoulder the legal burdens, so you can count on us to:
- Assess your situation to see whether modification is an option;
- Advise you in fighting a request for modification;
- Engage in discussions to reach a child support modification by agreement; and
- Advocate on your behalf in court if you must participate in a contested hearing on child support modification.
A Texas Child Support Modification Attorney Will Handle Essential Tasks
Whether you are seeking changes or contesting a modification proposed by your child’s other parent, it is critical to have experienced representation on your side. For more information on our services, please contact our offices in Houston, TX to schedule a consultation. A Texas child support modification lawyer can provide additional details after reviewing your circumstances.
Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Mary E. Ramos