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TX family lawyerA divorce will involve multiple different types of financial issues, and child support is one of the key areas that will need to be addressed. These payments will ensure that a parent will be able to provide for children’s needs going forward. However, the amount of child support that is set at the time of a divorce may need to be adjusted at a later date if parents or children experience changes in their lives. Parents who are looking to make changes to these financial obligations will need to understand when child support modifications can be made and the process that will be followed when addressing these requests.

Situations Where Child Support Modifications May Be Warranted

There are a few different types of cases where a parent may ask to modify child support. Modifications may be made if:

  • At least three years have passed since the child support order was established, and calculating child support under the state guidelines based on the parties’ current circumstances would result in a difference of at least 20% or $100 from the amount that is currently being paid.
  • One or more of the parties involved in the case (including the parents or the children being supported) have experienced a “material and substantial change in circumstances.”

In most cases, modification requests will be based on a change in circumstances. These changes may include an increase or decrease in the income earned by the parent who pays child support, changes to children’s needs, or updates to children’s living arrangements.

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Texas child support attorneyWhen some people think about child support expenses, they only consider the costs related to providing food, clothing, and insurance. However, the reality is that child support awards cover not only a child’s basic needs, but also additional expenses. To learn more about what you could be required to pay in child support, please contact one of our experienced child support lawyers for advice.

Calculating Child Support

When deciding how much a parent will be required to pay in child support, courts look at both parties’ incomes, the number of children involved, and all child-related expenses. This includes estimates of the cost of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and medical care. However, there are usually a number of other expenses associated with raising a child. For example, education-related expenses alone can quickly become overwhelming and could include: private school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, tutors, and fees for after school clubs. These types of costs are usually included in a court’s child support calculation, although other expenses related to recreation, are not always covered. Texas law also does not mandate coverage for a variety of other childcare costs, including expenses for:

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Texas complex litigation attorney, Texas high-asset divorce lawyer,Dealing with child support in the midst of a divorce can go one of two ways: The process can either go smoothly or it gets messy. There is rarely any in-between when it comes to agreeing on arrangements and rights between two parties. While some divorcing spouses make it through the transition seamlessly and with mutual understanding – albeit a few minor bumps in the road – other couples are not quite as fortunate.

Child Support Assistance in the State of Texas

Similar to many states, the Office of the Attorney General in Texas is able to assist divorcing spouses with everything from locating an absentee parent and establishing paternity to establishing, enforcing, and modifying child support orders. The state also helps with medical support orders and collecting and distributing child support money.

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Texas high asset divorce attorney, Texas complex litigation lawyer, Austin high asset divorce lawyer,Most people relocate twelve times during their adult lifetimes, with a majority of these moves prompted by job changes and coming before age 45. Since many people in this age group have young children, modification of existing divorce or family law orders is often necessary. This is especially true in Texas, because of the vast distances between communities, at least in most parts of the state.

Some people put off modifications in these instances, preferring to rely on the "mutual agreement" provision in the Standard Possession Order. Such an agreement does not replace a complex child custody proceeding, but it does make the process somewhat more straightforward.

Custody/Visitation Modification

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