In a divorce with children, a major issue to discuss is the monthly child support payment: who pays, who receives, and how much?
In the state of Texas, child support is governed by statutory guidelines and based on the monthly net resources of the party (or parties) paying, and the number of children. But not all obligors (party required to pay child support) pay guideline support. Occasionally the court can order payments that are not guideline if the standard calculations are not in the best interest of the child. Additionally, parents can come to an agreement on a child support amount, provided that the court finds this amount is in the child’s best interest.
A change of job, a promotion/demotion, or scheduled raise may alter the amount of child support owed by an obligor. If you pay child support or are entitled to receive support on behalf of a child and you believe a review of the current order is in place, the Office of the Attorney General allows for a review every three years. Additionally, if a change in income would alter the guideline support owed by a significant amount (denoted in the most current statutes), you may also qualify for a review outside of the three year timeline.