Can I get a modification if the other parent's living conditions changed?

Asked over 2 years ago - Houston, TX

I currently owe my ex-wife child support payments which are payable, but put a big dent in what I make/can afford. My ex however, has gotten a new job, which I know pays significantly more than her old one. My question is this: can I get a modification to the child support order if my ex’s life has made it easier for her to support the child even though my financial situation is (relatively) unchanged?

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Jordan E. Watson

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . Unfortunately, in Texas, it doesn't matter what your ex makes, it only matters what you make. If your income hasn't changed, then support will not be modified.

    I practice in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Parker and Wise counties. I am licensed only in Texas. Answers are based... more
  2. Michael J Corbin

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . As I understand TX child support laws, the custodial parent's income (here, your ex) is not a consideration in setting support amounts - your income is the sole criteria. So, you wouldn't get a modification just because her income has increased.

    We can be reached at 507.334.0155. Our web address is: www. Answers on Avvo are not to... more

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Child support modification

Either parent can request modification of a child support order due to changes in circumstances, such as different income or major changes in the child's needs.

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