Today’s third and final blog post in a series from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, on the subject of child support and medical support, will cover attempts to modify child support orders as well as details regarding the length of time a child support order is good for. As always, I recommend going back and reading the previous installments in this series, as that will help bring you up to speed about this subject.
How Long Does a Child Support/Medical Support Order Last?
Most people have a basic understanding of the duration of a child support order, but the actual details differ somewhat. Your divorce or custody order states when child support ends. It’s either high school graduation or turning eighteen. The later event ends the obligation. Exceptions exist: marriage, emancipation, or the child’s death. These end the support.
Disability cases can extend support duration. If a trial shows your child needs care post-eighteen or graduation, support may continue. You and your spouse can agree to extend support for a disabled child, bypassing court.
Child Support Enforcement Lawsuits in Texas
Clients often doubt their ex’s commitment to paying ordered child support. You might question your spouse’s reliability in fulfilling their support obligations. Request child support modification with mutual agreement, significant changes, or after three years.
The failure to pay child support is a violation of your order and carries penalties under the law. However, it would help if you acted to have these potential penalties triggered. A child, support enforcement suit is how you can have these violations of the order addressed by a judge. Essentially you would file a subsequent lawsuit that asks the judge to handle the missed support payments. Show a ledger of missed payments as evidence for owed amounts.
If child support is not paid, penalties can include fines, restricted license renewals, and up to 180 days in jail. However, unpaid child support does not justify withholding children from their other parent, as this could lead to legal consequences. The recommended approach is to follow legal orders and address violations through an attorney.
Modifying a Child Support/Medical Support Order
You may hold a child support arrangement, but the ordered payment might not reflect your current situation. If your income has dropped, you might need to request a decrease in child support. Conversely, if you believe your ex-spouse’s income has risen, you may need to ask a judge to consider increasing the child support. A child support modification suit is the remedy for this problem.
Request child support modification if both ex-spouses agree, circumstances change significantly, or three years have passed. Significant changes include shifts in primary childcare, job loss, or other major factors.
A court may review child support for modification if it deviates by $100 or 20% after three years. It’s important to weigh the potential benefits against the costs and effort of legal proceedings. This is especially for minor adjustments in support amounts.
Questions on child support/medical support? Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC
Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the critical issue of child/medical support with you. As always, a licensed family law attorney is standing by to answer your questions on this or any subject in family law. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, represents clients across southeast Texas, and we would be honored to speak to you today about the services that our firm can provide you and your family with.
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