There can be a variety of problems when it comes to child support. Whether seeking to modify your order or to recover back payments, it helps to know state laws. An attorney familiar with these laws may be a helpful resource when pursuing a change to a court order or evaluating whether you qualify for child support modification.
Enforcing or Changing a Child Support Order
Texas may enforce a child support order if the non-custodial parent does not make his or her payments. Collection of back child support may be done in a number of ways, including suspending a driver’s license or other license, intercepting tax refunds, and more.
As far as modifying a child support order, it must be established that the circumstances of the parent or child affected has substantially changed. The court will act in the best interests of the child, so be sure to keep this in mind when going through the process. Texas state law dictates several guidelines that will apply.
Below are six tips for those attempting to modify an existing child support order:
- seek modification right away;
- don’t ever simply stop making payments;
- make sure you qualify for modification;
- make the modification official by going through the proper channels;
- communicate your concerns with the other parent; and
- ask a lawyer if you require assistance or if you are unsure if you qualify.
Finding Help for a Child Support Modification Request
Unfortunately, both parties may not agree on a modification made to child support. In such cases, the courts will more than likely need to get involved. To ensure your legal rights are protected, seek legal counsel from an attorney at Warren & Migliaccio. Order our FREE divorce guide and give us a call at 888-584-9614 to discuss modifying a child support agreement.