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Child custody: Factors leading to modification

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2019 | Child Custody

There are a host of issues that must be resolved in a divorce case, especially if there are children involved. Children of divorce are entitled to receive emotional and financial support from both their mother and father. As a result, child support is arranged in the final divorce decree. Yet even then, the amount arranged is not set in stone. There are life changes that allow people to file for modification of their child support.

Many life situations may make it difficult for parents to continue paying the same child support amount that was set in the original divorce decree. According to the Attorney General of Texas, there are several factors that may cause you to file for child support modification. This includes situations where one parent has experienced the following:

  • Lost a job or experienced a significant change in position that affected their salary
  • Filed for bankruptcy
  • Was convicted of a crime and is currently incarcerated
  • Was diagnosed with a major medical condition

Keep in mind that most all non-custodial parents are responsible for making their regular child support payments. However, a modification can make it easier to make payments that are reasonable. There are certain situations that do not constitute a child support modification, such as moving.

In some cases, the custodial parent may file for a review of child support and the set amount may be increased rather than decreased. The payments can also be arranged so that smaller child support amounts can be made.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.