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Why a support order could be changed

Child support orders issued in Texas or any other state can be modified at a later date if necessary. A parent who seeks to modify an existing child support order will need to show that he or she has experienced a significant change in circumstances. For instance, a parent could claim that a decrease in income makes it difficult to comply with the existing order. Tax returns, pay stubs or other financial records may be used to verify that claim.

A loss of income could be related to an economic recession or other factors beyond that parent's control. If a custodial parent loses his or her primary income, that parent may ask the court to increase the amount of support paid by the other parent. Custodial parents could also seek additional financial assistance as the child gets older and become more expensive to care for properly.

Finally, a noncustodial parent may be able to modify a current support order after having another child or getting remarried. A support order may be revised downward to account for the fact that the parent has additional children or other dependents to support. Depending on the facts in a given case, a modification could be temporary or permanent. Temporary changes could be made until a parent finds a job or to account for one-time expenses.

The cost of raising a child to age 18 may be exorbitant even if that child doesn't have any special needs. Therefore, both parents are generally expected to share these costs as best they can. An attorney may be able to explain the process of modifying an existing child support order and why a judge could be willing to do so. Both the custodial and noncustodial parents might ask for changes to an existing child support order.

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