Fort Worth Child Support Modification Attorney
An Experienced Family Law Lawyer in Fort Worth Working with Parents with Issues Related to Child Support
Child support payments are payments made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent to help with the costs associated with raising a child. Courts often issue these orders in divorce cases involving children or when an unmarried custodial parent seeks to compel the child’s other parent to help financially.
As time passes, things can happen that make an existing child support order no longer appropriate in light of the circumstances. When this happens, parents can seek to modify an existing child support order, either by petitioning the court or requesting a review from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General. If you are considering requesting a child support modification or are against a proposed modification, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can.
When Can You Modify Child Support in Texas?
The court allows you to request a child support modification if one or both of the following are true:
It has been longer than three years since the initial order or last modification
The change in monthly child support would be at least $100 or 20 percent from the existing order
A material and substantial change in circumstances occurred
There are many situations or events that may qualify as a material and substantial change in circumstances, including:
A significant increase or decrease in income
Disability or the inability to work
The noncustodial parent has to pay support for additional children
The child moves with a different parent
The medical needs or insurance costs of the child have changed
The court will review whether a change is material and substantial on a case-by-case basis.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Modify an Existing Child Support Order?
If you are considering requesting a modification to your current child support order, you may be wondering whether you really need to retain an attorney to represent you. While everyone is certainly free to represent themselves in legal matters, family law is extremely complicated, and judges have significant discretion when deciding whether to modify an existing child support order. As a result, it’s highly advisable for anyone who wants to obtain a child support modification to retain an experienced attorney. With so much on the line, it’s only prudent to do everything you can to obtain a favorable result.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Fort Worth Child Support Modification Attorney
If you believe that your child support order should be modified or oppose a proposed modification of an existing order, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can. With more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the courts of Texas, attorney J. Kevin Clark has the skill and knowledge you need to bring your case to a successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation with a family law attorney at The Law Office of J. Kevin Clark P.C. in Fort Worth, call our office today at 817-348-6723 or contact us online.