Just as in other states, divorced Texans who have young children get child support orders to ensure that the child’s financial needs are met. At a certain point, parents may find that their existing order may no longer work for them. There are a variety of reasons why you might want to request a child support modification.
What are the reasons for seeking modification to a child support order?
Parents might seek modifications to their child support for a number of reasons. If the parent paying the child support has lost their job or their income has significantly changed, there might be a need to modify the existing order.
If one or both parents have suffered serious health issues or disabilities, they might need to request modifications to their child support. However, the same thing can occur if the child is the one who becomes sick or disabled. For example, if the child was involved in an accident that left them disabled and in need of a wheelchair or other assistive equipment or treatment, higher child support payments might be needed.
The needs of the child, in general, may require modifications to the child support order. Childcare costs can increase when the child attends certain schools or extracurricular activities or when they need transportation to get from one place to another.
A parent being sent to jail or prison is another reason for child support modification. This can impact the order whether it affects the parent paying or receiving child support.
How to request child support modification
Both the custodial and non-custodial parent can request modifications to the child support order already in place. Custodial parents should do so when the non-custodial parent’s income has increased since the order was originally made or when the child’s financial needs have increased.
It’s fair for a non-custodial parent to request modifications if their income has decreased considerably or if they have lost their job and are no longer earning an income.
Changing the child support order is possible for these reasons. It’s important to file the right paperwork to make your request.