Texas Child Custody Agreements and Job Loss
Supporting your children is part of being a parent, and of adhering to your Texas child custody agreement. Changing financial circumstances can have an affect on a person’s ability to make their child custody payments, and can raise questions about whether a support order can be changed.
Everyone faces challenges in life, especially in today’s economic climate. People lose jobs, change jobs and experience loss of income for a variety of reasons. When this happens, it’s often necessary to cut back on expenses and live simply. Sometimes, the loss of income can affect the ability to pay for the basic responsibilities, including child support outlined in your Texas child custody agreement.
If at the time of a divorce, the judge orders that the non-custodial parent pay a specific amount of child support, it is based on that person’s income. If that income changes, it’s possible to apply for a support modification though either a court hearing or the CSRP (child support review process).
The modification will be based on the payer’s current income, or if unemployed:
- his or her past earnings;
- earning potential; and
- other factors.
Your application will be reviewed and if accepted, the amount of support will be modified. The modification to your child support payments may not happen right away, so if you’re the payer, it’s important to continue your payments until the modification comes through.
Contacting a Texas Attorney
Understanding the intricacies of family law can be daunting for many people. The law firm of Warren & Migliaccio is here to answer your questions about divorce, child custody payments and child support issues. First, you should check out our free eBook: Untying the Knot: Your Guide to Getting Divorced in Texas. Call us today at 888-584-9614.