Even after a court orders child support ruling, there are times where a modification is in order. Parents in Texas who are responsible for paying child support but have experienced a change in income can request a modification, as can the parent who is receiving the child support. However, knowing when and how to request such a modification is paramount.
A modification based on recession
When the economy takes a turn for the worst, it is not uncommon for people to lose their jobs. If a parent who is responsible for paying child support falls victim to a downturn in the economy, he or she can request a modification in child support. Such modifications are also sometimes issued if the paying parent keeps their job but suffers a cut in pay.
Increase in needs of the minor
As children grow up, the things that they need often become more expensive. When changes, such as after-school activities or the need for a vehicle arise, the parent receiving child support can file a request for a modification in child support to help cover these newfound expenses.
A positive change in income
When the parent who is responsible for paying child support, or obligor, receives a raise at work or a large inheritance, the custodial parent can file for a modification in child support. In many cases, the court will issue a new order based on the increased income of the obligor.
Filing for and receiving a child support modification after divorce is a long, tedious process. Many states limit how often either parent can file for modifications and what reasons for modifications are valid. It is always a good idea to contact an attorney who is familiar with family law to help decide if and how you should proceed with a motion for modification.