REASONS TO CHANGE/MODIFY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT AMOUNT IN TEXAS

Here are some reasons why a court might grant a modification of child support:

• Your income was reduced: If a parent loses his or her job or takes a pay cut as a result of a demotion, that parent can request a modification of child support. If it is the receiving parent, he or she would likely be able to obtain an increase in child support payments. If the paying parent no longer has a job, the court would likely grant a request to either eliminate or reduce his or her payments. 

• Your child’s needs changed: If your child ends up partaking in extracurricular activities after school that incurs added expenses, the child support order might not be sufficient enough to cover them. If your child needs braces or other orthodontic treatment, this could also end up getting rather pricey.

• Your take on new responsibilities: If you remarried and had more children, you will be taking on new responsibilities and might not be able to continue making the payments that are expected of you. In this case, you could make a request to have the child support order reduced to accommodate these changes. If you are on the receiving end, however, having additional children with a new spouse will not serve as a valid reason for an increase in payments. Your former spouse is only responsible for his or her child.

• Your income increased: If your income substantially increased, your child support payments might as well.

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