Modifications include: changing child custody, child visitation, child support or spousal support. In many cases, initial orders during a divorce, final orders after a divorce, or orders regarding child support or custody may need to be modified. This can happen because of changing life circumstances or simply because a former partner is disputing the agreement and fails to meet his or her obligations, financial or otherwise. Changing the terms of a negotiated settlement or a court order is accomplished with a modification order. Whether you are seeking a child support modification or a change to a child custody agreement, we can provide all of the information and legal advice you need, as well as prepare and file the appropriate documents for you.
Custody, known as conservatorship in Texas, and parental involvement, can be revisited, subject to approval by a family court judge. The parent seeking to modify conservatorship or possession must show a material change in circumstances. Generally, the law requires a substantial change in circumstances in order to modify custody.
Child support obligations can be modified for a "material or substantial change" in income, such as unemployment or decrease or increase of income. The level of support can be modified to reflect a change in expenses and income if it has been at least three years since the previous order was entered and child support is out of compliance by either 20% or $100.
The information presented here is a general guideline and should not be interpreted as a guarantee. Results may vary from case to case depending on the facts and circumstances of your case.
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