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Modifying child support in Texas

If you reside in Texas and have an existing child support arrangement, there may come a time when you need to alter or update that arrangement. If so, there are certain circumstances under which this can be done, and there are also certain methods that must be used in doing so.

In order to modify your child support agreement, you can either schedule a court hearing or begin what is known as a child support review process. If you and your ex-partner are likely to agree with the newly proposed arrangement, you may find that a review process might get the job done faster than a traditional courtroom hearing.

Conditions under which you can modify support

To obtain a court order to change the amount of child support given or received, three or more years must have passed since the child support amount was initially determined. Additionally, a "change in circumstances" must have taken place, and that change would affect the amount of child support that would be awarded using traditional child support guidelines by a predetermined percentage or amount.

As far as what constitutes a "change in circumstances," it might include the child moving from one parent's home to the other, or to a different place, entirely. If you or your spouse underwent a considerable change in income, that, too, could be grounds for modifying child support. Additional circumstances that may warrant a modification in child support might include a change to a child's medical insurance, or if one parent became financially responsible for additional children in the time since the original agreement was enacted.

Documentation required for a child support order review

In order for the Texas Office of the Attorney General to consider a modification of an existing child support agreement, you must produce certain documentation. Typically, you will have to submit documentation that may include proof of income (paystubs), and you may also have to produce tax forms or a letter from an employer that outlines how much money will be received from a job.

A waiting game

Because every child support modification case is different, there is no single, set time through which you can expect to have your modification request approved or denied. Often, state officials have to request additional documentation during the review process, and there are numerous factors that can delay the production of this documentation. While there is no "average" time the process takes, it generally moves faster in situations where parents are in agreement about the newly proposed conditions.

To find out more about modifying child support based on your specific situation, you may want to meet with a lawyer.

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