Navigating the complex world of family law, particularly when it comes to child support orders, can be overwhelming. However, at guest & Gray, our Dallas County divorce law firm is committed to providing clarity and guidance. In this post, we delve into the essential details of modifications to child support orders in Texas.
In Texas, child support is established to ensure the welfare of the child post-divorce. However, circumstances can change post-judgment, necessitating a review and possible modification of the original child support order. Understanding the grounds and processes for these modifications is crucial for both the custodial and non-custodial parent.
Under Texas law, a child support order may be modified if it’s been three years since the last order and the monthly amount of the child support award under the order differs by either 20 percent or $100 from the amount that would be awarded according to child support guidelines. Additionally, a modification may be justified if there has been a material and substantial change in the circumstances of the child or a person affected by the order. Such changes could include a significant increase or decrease in either parent’s income, changes in the child’s medical insurance, or substantial changes in the child’s living arrangements.
The process to modify a child support order begins with filing a suit for modification with the court that rendered the original order. As part of the suit, you’ll need to illustrate the changes in circumstances that warrant the modification. This is where legal counsel becomes invaluable. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process, ensuring you present the most persuasive case possible.
After the suit is filed, the other parent is legally served. They then have an opportunity to file an answer. If both parents agree to the changes, they can submit an agreed order to the court for approval. If there is disagreement, the court may require mediation or set a hearing to review the evidence before making a decision.
If the court determines there has been a material and substantial change in circumstances, it may modify the child support order. This could mean an increase or decrease in child support, depending on the evidence presented.
Don’t Make the Mistake of Seeking a Child Support Modification on Your Own
It’s important to remember that modifying child support can be a complex process, and it’s always advised to consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney. At Guest & Gray, our Dallas County divorce law firm, we have experienced attorneys who can help you navigate this complicated landscape and advocate for your interests and those of your child. We’re here to assist you in every step of the process, offering clarity and peace of mind during a challenging time. The well-being of your child is paramount, and we are committed to ensuring that your child support order accurately reflects their best interests. If you believe a modification to your child support order is necessary, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support. You can reach us at 972-564-4644. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.