Houston Child Support Modification Lawyer
Parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their children. Typically, the non-custodial parent must pay child support to the parent who has primary or residential custody. But what if circumstances have changed, and the amount needs to be increased or decreased? A Houston child support modification lawyer at Slate & Associates can help you file a petition with the court.
Modifying a Child Support Order in Texas
Child support arrangements stay in place until a child reaches the age of majority. In Texas, a parent’s obligation to pay child support ends when the child turns 18.
The court will generally not grant a child support modification order unless the petitioner can show that the child’s or their own situation has materially changed, and this change justifies the modification of the amount of child support or the duration of the obligation.
The following are examples of circumstances that may justify modifying an existing child support order:
- Change in either party’s financial situation;
- Change in either party’s employment situation;
- Remarriage in which another party will be taking over some of the cost of raising the child;
- Whether the child has suffered a physical or mental disability; and
- Whether the child can independently provide for themselves once they turn 18.
How Does the Court Calculate Child Support?
Essentially, child support payments are subject to a formula that is determined by Texas law and adjusted for inflation every six years. The court considers the total income of the payer (the parent paying the child support) minus specific deductions. These deductions can include rent, mortgage, basic necessities, food, utilities, and some disposable income after that.
There is, however, a cap on the maximum amount of money that can be considered for child support. This number is set to go up in September of 2019. Currently, it stands at $8,550 per month and only applies to those who more than $124,086 annually. This number results in a cap of monthly child support that depends on the number of children that need to be supported.
Speak to a Houston Child Support Modification Attorney for Help
At Slate & Associates, we understand that things change, even after you’ve finalized your divorce. We can help you petition the court to modify child support payment to accommodate evolving circumstances. Whether you are trying to recover more money for child support from your ex or trying to decrease an obligation that you can no longer afford, we can help. Contact us today for a consultation.