Modifications Lawyers in Waco, TX
Make Changes to Child Custody, Child Support, or Alimony
Even though the law or the terms of your divorce agreement may seem strict, allowances have to be made for the fact that circumstances change. Sometimes individuals are not able to upkeep previous court orders concerning child support, spousal support, or child custody.
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t give up hope. With help from the team at Blanchard & Thomas, you can work to better match your responsibilities and legal obligations to your new circumstances. We are backed by years of experience and prioritize your needs above all else.
Modification of Child Support in Texas
Texas Family Code chapter 156.401 outlines the legal standards for modifying child support.
In general, at least one of the following must be proven to modify support:
- That the child’s or conservator’s circumstances have undergone substantial change
- That three years have passed since the last support order and that the new support order would be different from the last one by at least $100 or 20%
Substantial change is not defined in this section of the code and therefore the court has to determine whether the change was significant enough.
Modification of Alimony in Texas
Similar to the modification of child support, modification of alimony involves establishing that your circumstances have undergone a substantial change and that you are unable to maintain the same level of support. It is important to note that if you are the one receiving support, you cannot increase the amount of alimony you receive if your circumstances change.
Modifying Child Custody
Modification of child custody can be complex, especially because the court typically wishes to have children remain in a stable environment for as long as possible. If custody changes too often, it can have a negative impact on the children involved. However, the order is not entirely set in stone and there are circumstances in which custody can be modified.
The parent who wishes to modify custody must prove the following:
- The child is 12 years old and wants to change who has primary custody
- There has been a substantial and material change of circumstances
- The custody change is in the child’s best interest
If the child doesn’t wish to change who has primary custody or is under 12 years old, it must be proven that substantial changes have affected the situation in a way that would impact the best interests of the child.
Examples of material and substantial change would include:
- Either parent undergoing a change in marital status
- Relocation due to a job
- Medical conditions
- Parental abuse or neglect
- Substance abuse
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