HOUSTON MODIFICATIONS ATTORNEY
After settling on a child custody or support agreement during your divorce, you may find your circumstances have changed, and the agreement needs revisiting. Texas courts recognize that families change over time, which is why they allow for modification of court orders involving child custody and support. However, the process of achieving these modifications is not always straightforward. Our experienced family law attorneys at Moffett Law Firm can assist you in every aspect of the modification process to achieve your new goals for your family.
With our 30 years of collective experience and extensive knowledge of Texas laws and processes, we can help you evaluate your circumstances and formulate a solution for modifying your underlying child custody or support order. Our compassionate attorneys strive to provide unmatched legal guidance to help you understand the full scope of your case. Every family has unique needs, so we use a personalized approach to create the best solution for you and make the process as stress-free as possible.
What Are the Grounds for Filing a Modification to a Child Custody, Visitation, or Support Order in Houston?
If you want to change any part of your child support, custody, or visitation order, Texas law requires you to present proof of the following:
- The circumstances of anyone involved in the order have materially and substantially changed.
- In the case of child support orders, it has been three years since the last one, and the new order differs from the last one by at least 20%.
In addition, the requested modification must be in the child’s best interest. Examples of such changes may include the following:
- One parent takes a new job in a distant location, requiring a change to the custody agreement.
- The parent paying child support loses their job, requiring a change to child support payments.
- One parent’s shift change at work conflicts with the current child custody and visitation plan.
- The child’s medical insurance coverage has changed and requires a change in child support payments.
These material and substantial changes in income or living situations may warrant filing a petition to modify child support, custody, or visitation. Our professional Houston modifications lawyers take these changes seriously and can help determine if your circumstances allow you to file a modification case. During your free consultation, we listen to your story to gather evidence to strengthen your case and achieve a successful outcome.
Who Can File a Modification Case in Texas?
In Texas, either parent can file for a modification to an order, but sometimes, other parties want to make a change. If you are not the child’s parent, you can file a modification case in the following situations:
- The current order lists you as a party.
- You have had care and control over the child for the last six months, ending no more than 90 days before you file the case.
- You are not a foster parent.
- You have resided with the child and their parent for at least six months, ending no more than 90 days before you file for the change, and the child’s parent or guardian has passed.
- You are the child’s grandparent, great-grandparent, brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt, or uncle, and both parents have died, agreed to the change, or present harm to the child.
Our knowledgeable Houston modifications lawyers can help you determine if you qualify to file a modification case and help you do so properly. We understand you want what is best for your family, so we fight tirelessly to achieve your desired results.
How Can a Lawyer Help File a Modification Claim in Texas?
When looking into making a change to your child custody, support, or visitation agreement, you may not know where to start. A modifications attorney can help you understand your rights and the steps to ensure this change is implemented. We give you the time to focus on your family by managing every element of your case, including the following:
- Conducting a detailed investigation of your case
- Obtaining and analyzing evidence to prove your desired change is necessary
- Mediating any disputes
- Interviewing witnesses
- Filing your case properly
- Utilizing resources like CPAs and forensic accountants
- Using our legal knowledge to answer all your questions
- Negotiating on your behalf both in and out of court
- Litigating your case in court
Contacting a Houston modifications attorney is especially important if you pay child support and have experienced a change in income. You still have to pay the original child support amount until the modification is made, and failing to do so may result in serious consequences. Regardless of your circumstances, we have the experience, skills, tools, and resources to take on any case.
Contact a Trusted Houston Modifications Attorney at Moffett Law Firm Today
As your family grows and evolves after your divorce, you may find your child support, custody, or visitation agreement needs to change, too. However, the process of doing so can be confusing. Fortunately, you do not have to do it alone. Our highly skilled Houston modifications lawyers at Moffett Law Firm provide high-quality guidance and support every step of the way, so you can focus on your family.
We use our 30 years of collective experience and extensive knowledge to fiercely advocate for you both in and out of court. We proudly provide top-notch services to Houston clients, so you can rely on us to handle your modification case with the care and attention it deserves. We always have your best interest in mind and believe communication is the key to a successful outcome. Contact Moffett Law Firm to discuss your options to modify your existing order. To schedule a consultation, call (713) 333-5800 or fill out our contact form.