HOW DO I CHANGE MY CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

You can request a modification of child support orders as the noncustodial parent if:

• Your income has increased or decreased.

• You become legally responsible for additional children.

• Your child’s medical insurance coverage has changed.

If you become the custodial parent, this also represents a material and substantial change in circumstances and allows for modification.

In Texas, you can only change your child support order 1 of 2 ways:

The first is an in-office negotiation known as the Child Support Review Process (CSRP), and the second is a court hearing. You can submit a Child Support Order Modification Request online about making a request. The CSRP is much easier when both parents cooperate and agree on the modification, so you may also want to discuss the change with your ex before making a request.

That being said, informal agreements between parents do not change the court-ordered amount. If you and your ex disagree about a change, your modification request will be considered in court. To save time and money, you may want to consider mediation to resolve any disagreements before entering into the CSRP.

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