When a parent seeks to modify a Texas child support order on the basis of a material and substantial change in financial circumstances, they must prove that such a change occurred. Doing so requires evidence of the parties’ current income and resources, but it also requires evidence of their income and resources at the time of the previous order.
In a recent case, a father challenged a court’s denial of his petition for modification. The parents divorced in 2012 and signed an Agreed Final Decree of divorce. The mother was given the exclusive right to designate their primary residence, but the possession schedule gave each parent possession 50% of the time.
Under the decree, the father was required to pay $1,047.95 in child support each month. The decree stated it was in accordance with the guidelines in the Texas Family Code, based on the father’s monthly net resources of $4,191.81.