Are you struggling to pay for child support? If so, you have the right to file a modification case with a court. Our family law attorneys in McAllen can guide you through this process and help with other child support-related issues. Continue reading to learn about the importance of modifying a child support order.
The Reasons for a Modification
According to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), a judge may approve a modification order due to the following:
- The child’s living arrangements have changed
- The child’s medical insurance coverage has changed
- The parent’s employment or income has changed due to COVID-19
- The parent ordered to pay child support is financially responsible for additional children from a previous marriage.
How Child Support is Calculated
Child support is calculated based on total net resources. Our McAllen family law attorneys can help with this.
As a rule of thumb, net resources include:
- Self-employment income
- Income earned by renting property
- Company dividends or earned royalties
- 100% of all wage and salary income and commissions, overtime pay, tips, and bonuses
- Severance pay, retirement benefits, pensions, trust income, annuities, etc.
The Consequences of Not Paying
The OAG works with a variety of groups across Texas that can directly impact your child support status.
If you don’t pay, the OAG can:
- Deny passports
- Seize lottery prizes
- Report the amount of child support owed to credit reporting agencies
- Request state agencies to revoke any professional, drivers, hunting, and fishing licenses
- File liens of properties, bank accounts, life insurance plans, or settlements to get the money that’s owed