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
- 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.