HOW CAN I REDUCE MY CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS

Texas law provides that parents seeking a reduction in their child support order are eligible for modification only if at least one of the following is true:

  • The prior child custody order established by the court has been in effect for at least three years; AND
  • The monthly amount of the current child support order varies by either 20% or $100 from the amount prescribed by Texas’s child support guidelines

OR

  • There has been a material and substantial change in circumstances since the last child support order.

What Is a Material and Substantial Change in Circumstances?

Changes generally involve:

  • A change in employer,
  • A demotion,
  • Job layoff,
  • Unemployment for any legitimate health reason including illness,
  • Noncustodial parent becoming legally responsible for additional minor children,
  • The minor child’s medical insurance coverage has lapsing or changing in any way, or
  • Your child custody arrangement changing.

Proving Loss of Income

It is imperative to create and submit a mathematically comprehensive evidentiary foundation for the claim of loss of income. Records that evidence loss of income include pay stubs, W2 forms, tax returns, and bank statements.

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