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Modifying your Texas child support order

If you are a Texas father and you currently have a child support arrangement in place with your former partner, a time may come when you wish to modify that arrangement in accordance with changing needs. Maybe your custody situation has changed, or maybe you no longer have the job you had when the order came into effect. Regardless of your reasoning for wanting a modification, there are certain steps you must take to change the amount of child support you must pay. At the Law Office of Brian Turner, we have a comprehensive understanding of the Texas child support modification process, and we have helped many clients pursue solutions that meet their needs.

According to the Texas Attorney General, in order to modify the amount of child support you pay, your situation must first meet certain circumstances. First, at least three years must have passed since the order initially took effect, and second, there must have been a “material and substantial” change in circumstances in the time since the order took effect.

Just what constitutes a material and substantial change in circumstances? As a noncustodial parent, this might mean that you either starting making more or less money than before, or it may also mean that you now have more kids to support than you did when the order took effect. It may also mean that your child’s living situation has changed, or that there has been a change with regard to your child’s medical insurance.

If your situation meets these criteria, then the next step involves attempting to modify the order in one of two ways. If your child’s other parent agrees about the modification, you can undergo a Child Support Review Process, which is typically the fastest way to secure a child support modification. In contested situations, you can request a court hearing to modify the amount of support you currently pay. More about child support is available on our web page.

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