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What is the process for modifying a child support order?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2015 | Child Support |

Time does not stand still after all the terms have been set and a divorce has been finalized. In fact, the passage of time can see many changes in the lives of divorced couples. As such, the specifics laid out in a child support order may at some point need to be modified. Any number of things may occur that could motivate a parent to seek a modification of a child support order.For example, if a noncustodial parent experiences a notable increase or decrease in income. Also a modification may be called for if the noncustodial parent becomes legally responsible for more children. So what is the process for having a child support order altered in Texas? Well, the modification can be carried out through either the child support review process or a court hearing.

Generally, the CSRP takes less time and is especially effective if both parents are in agreement regarding the terms. However, it is important to understand that an informal agreement reached between a noncustodial and a custodial parent does not alter the amount of money that is to be paid as per the child support order. That amount can only be changed through a new court order.

Modifying a child support order need not be overly complicated, but there are important details that must be handled correctly. If you are in a position where you need to have your child support terms changed, a Texas family law attorney may be able to provide you with helpful assistance. A properly structured modification could be more economically accommodating for parents and in the child?s best interests as well.