If you have to pay child support, there are various challenges that could come up in your life, such as losing your job or suffering an unexpected medical crisis. Sometimes, these hardships interfere with a parent’s ability to continue paying child support. However, if you fall behind on your child support payments, you could face harsh penalties, such as losing your license or passport, financial penalties and even time behind bars.
Some parents are able to avoid these hardships and stay current by modifying their child’s support order. It is very important to explore your options with respect to modification and make sure you avoid becoming delinquent.
Requesting a child support modification review
The Attorney General of Texas states that parents who owe child support can request a modification review. It is important to note that you should only submit one request since additional requests could cause delays. After submitting a review, the state will go over various factors, such as verifying income. Many issues can affect whether courts approve requests, such as significant financial changes and the length of time since a judge signed the current child support order.
Eligibility for child support modification
In order to modify your child support order, you must meet eligibility requirements. For example, you must have had a significant change in circumstances since the issuance of the last order or a judge must have signed the current order at least three years ago and the modified monthly payment amount is either $100 or 20% different than the current amount you have to pay.
Modifying your child support order could help you avoid falling behind, and it is essential to approach the process carefully.