Assisting Child Support Modifications And Enforcement
Child support orders are not necessarily permanent. When life changes, the existing arrangements may no longer be feasible. The process for modifying child support is not easy. Courts take modifications very seriously. In fact, courts generally resist changing child support orders.
Modifying child support orders requires a new lawsuit. All of the obstacles that accompany an original lawsuit — the length, complexity and expense — exist within a modification proceeding. Our experienced attorneys can assist you with necessary support modification, or help you enforce existing orders. We have in-depth experience with both sides of the dispute and can anticipate the opposing side’s arguments before they make them.
Reducing Your Child Support Obligation
Modifying child support orders requires filing a petition with the court. Child support obligations are based on the Texas child support guidelines, as well as several other factors. To request a reduction in your obligation, you must prove there has been a material and substantial change in your circumstances that reduce your ability to pay. Examples include:
- Loss of a job
- Significant reduction in your income
- The birth of another child
- Health concerns
Defending Against The Other Parent’s Modification Request
If the other parent attempts to modify child support, it is important to immediately respond. Our lawyers assist clients by defending against modification requests — including requests by either parent to reduce or raise the support obligation.
Increasing Child Support Payments
Just as some factors might support reducing a child support obligation, certain life changes — and particularly increases in income — may warrant filing a petition to increase the amount of child support the other parent owes. At Heinrich Christian, PLLC, we help parents pursue increases in the other parent’s child support obligation.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys For Strong Advocacy
To learn how our experienced attorneys can help with your child support concerns, contact our Round Rock or Austin offices at 512-478-7466 or toll free at 800-906-6190. You can also contact us online. We will strongly advocate on your behalf, and defend your rights.