Fathers who do not pay child support often get a bad name instead of compassionate consideration for the significant financial strain this obligation puts on them. Many fathers desire to take care of the temporal well-being of their children but struggle to do so.
If this describes you, there is hope. You can take legal steps to reduce the amount of child support you have to pay so that you can avoid the harsh penalties of not being able to pay and still financially provide for your children. The process entails requesting a modification of the court order. However, you have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for this action.
Qualifications to modify child support
Simply believing the amount is too much for your budget is not enough to warrant a modification. Under Texas law, you must show that a substantial change in your financial circumstances has occurred. For example, you may have lost your job, ended military service, received a salary cut or gone to prison. Another valid scenario is becoming financially responsible for more children. With many payments to make, the share to every child may have to decrease in order for you to fulfill your obligation to each one. A change in the health insurance coverage of your children also permits you to pursue a modification. Finally, if the custody arrangements have changed so that you have more time with your children, you may not have to pay as much.
The importance of taking action
If you are unable to make your child support payments, the last thing you want to do is simply stop making them. This cessation can lead to severe consequences in many areas of your life, including loss of professional licensure. Instead, begin the process of seeking a modification and pay whatever you can in the meantime to show effort in keeping your commitment to the best of your ability.