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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.

How a disability can impact child support payments

Parents in Texas and throughout the country who become disabled may not be able to make their child support payments in full. However, it doesn't mean that their obligation to support their children comes to an end. Those who receive disability benefits may be required to give a portion of that income to the child's other parent.

Gucci Mane agrees to pay more in child support

Noncustodial parents in Texas and throughout the country must generally provide for their children regardless of how well known they are. After a lengthy legal battle, Rapper Gucci Mane agreed to pay $10,000 a month in child support to the child's mother. He also agreed to back payments worth at least $100,000 to resolve the matter. The woman had asked that the rapper increase his monthly child support payments from $2,026.49 a month to $20,000 a month.

How child support impacts a mortgage application

Texas parents who have a child support balance in arrears may still be able to get a mortgage. However, this will depend on whether the balance appears on a credit report. It will also depend on the parent's income, credit score and debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. For example, someone who applies for a Fannie Mae loan with a DTI of over 36% will need a credit score of 700 to buy a house with a down payment of less than 25%.

How to handle child support payments while in jail

If a parent is sent to jail or prison in Texas or anywhere else, he or she may still be responsible for paying child support. However, individuals can ask a judge to either suspend an order while they are incarcerated or reduce how much they owe. People should also acknowledge and account for any back support that has not been collected. This is because those who are in prison are relatively easy for state agencies to find.

Keep costs in mind and emotions in control for child support

Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can go through. It is costly in terms of time, emotion and finances. For parents who are approaching or going through divorce in Texas, child support decisions can have a major impact on life following the separation. Parents should take into account all expenses related to raising the children, control their emotions and keep careful track of spending.

Child support guidelines are not created equal

In the state of Texas, an individual can expect to pay up to $880 a month in child support. The amount that a specific parent will pay depends on a variety of factors including his or her ability to pay. When developing a child support order, a court wants to balance a child's needs with a parent's ability to make payments. In many states, the income of both the mother and the father are factors when determining a monthly payment.

Qualifying for a home loan with child support debt

Owing back child support may affect the ability of a person in Texas to get a mortgage but will not necessarily do so. A parent who has fallen behind in child support payments may be unable to get certain types of government loans, such as those associated with the VA or FHA. A 2016 audit found that applicants sometimes slipped through the cracks and were erroneously given loans, but there are other opportunities for financing that do not consider a child support delinquency disqualifying.

Child support agreements could help secure food-related benefits

Parents ending a marriage in Texas and other parts of the country sometimes have difficulty securing assistance they may need to purchase food. This is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging states to use child support cooperation requirements as an additional tool to help single spouses with children secure the support they need.