WHEN CAN I INCREASE OR DECREASE MY CHILD SUPPORT
When Can a Texas Child Support Order Be Modified?
During a child support review process (CSRP) or court hearing, a judge will examine both parents’ claims and determine whether a change in child support, such as an increase, decrease, or termination, is necessary and appropriate. Generally speaking, child support orders can only be modified in the following circumstances:
• A substantial change in circumstances has changed since the original support order was put into place
• More than three years have passed since the initial order was modified or put in place
• Both parents agree to make the change
The judge will decide whether the proposed changes are in the child’s best interests or are necessary according to the law.
What Counts as a Substantial Change in Circumstances?
If three years have not passed since your order was last modified, or if your child’s other parent does not agree to the proposed changes, you will need to show a substantial change in circumstances.
The most common change in circumstances that results in a change in child support payments is a change in the needs of a child. Medical conditions, educational support requirements, or a major increase in the cost of tuition could all be considered a substantial change in circumstances.
A significant change in either parent’s income may also be sufficient reason to modify a child support payment. A substantial salary raise or job loss.