HOW CAN I GET AN INCREASE IN CHILD SUPPORT?

Modifying Child Support in Texas Child support may be modified in Texas if at least one of the following applies:

• At least three years have elapsed since the child support order was entered or modified by the court AND the current monthly amount of the child support order differs by either (a) 20% or (b) $100 from the amount that would be awarded, according to child support guidelines. OR

• There has been a material and substantial change in circumstances since the most recent child support order was entered.

If It Has Been Three Years Since the Existing Order Was Entered If at least 3 years since the existing order was entered – you still need to consider whether your requested modification would meet the monetary portion of that test. In other words, would the increase you seek amount to an increase of at least $100 monthly or 20 percent of the existing order.

What Is a “Material and Substantial Change in Circumstances?”

While there may be other circumstances that also qualify, the most common situations that qualify as a material and substantial change in circumstances are:

• The noncustodial parent’s income has increased or decreased.

• The noncustodial parent is legally responsible for additional children.

• The child’s medical insurance coverage has changed.

• The child is now living with a different parent.

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