Tarrant County Family Law Modifications Attorney
When a court issues an order regarding conservatorship, possession and access or child support for your child, you must comply with the order to avoid serious potential consequences. However, some people experience a change in circumstances that prevents them from compliance. In this situation, seeking a formal modification of the court order is essential. If you are requesting the modification, it is important that the modification of the prior order be filed before you are unable to comply or immediately upon knowing you are unable to comply.
When requesting a modification of child support, you generally need to prove a material and substantial change in circumstances. Examples of a material and substantial change in circumstances are an increase or a decrease in the paying party’s income. If you are the parent paying child support and are seeking a decrease in the monthly amount, file the modification quickly. You are not relieved of your obligation as set forth in the court order.
You may request a modification for conservatorship, possession, and access only under certain circumstance. In most instances you will be required to show a material and substantial change in circumstances and also prove the modification is in the child’s best interest. The burdens are very fact specific, and Hoppes Law Firm is willing and able to assess the specific facts of your case and create a strategic plan if modification is an option.
It is important to understand that the primary conservator may not withhold possession and access if the possessory conservator does not pay child support. Similarly, the parent paying child support may not quit paying even if possession and access has been denied.
If you believe you need to modify a family law order, you should not wait to contact Hoppes Family Law to learn how a Hurst family law modifications lawyer can assist you. We handle cases throughout Tarrant County, and we can advise you of your best options.