Child support payments that the Texas court ordered may be helpful, but you may be feeling that the money does not stretch far enough to cover the necessities. However, if your circumstances or your ex’s have changed since your original support order, you may be wondering if you can request a modification of that order.
Why might I seek a child support modification?
It is common for a supporting partner to request modifications when he or she experiences a financial setback. If your ex-partner asks the court to reduce his or her payment amount, it may be related to job loss, a medical emergency or another situation that makes it difficult to meet the obligations of the order. However, it is not unusual for a custodial parent to seek an adjustment to the amount he or she receives each month for any of these or other reasons:
• You experience a financial hardship that makes it difficult to maintain the home where the child lives.
• Your child has unexpected or ongoing medical expenses.
• Your child requires educational services that would be an added cost to you.
• You are struggling with an increase in the normal cost of items or services you provide for your child with support funds.
• You learn that your ex-spouse has experienced a financial advantage, such as a raise, promotion or inheritance.
Your first step in seeking a modification is to obtain information about whether you are eligible.