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When can a custody or support change be sought?

Change is a normal part of life. Sometimes things change because we want them to. Sometimes the changes come out of the blue. It's usually considered a sign of strong character if a person can deal with the changes they confront. But what do you do when the change affects more than just you?

This something a lot of Texas mothers and fathers have to deal with. Whether they are married, unmarried or divorced, there are children in the picture who must be considered. That's why settlements related to custody and support require court approval.

Terms of an agreement may be reached by mutual consent and win sign-off from the court. But if circumstances change, it can upset the proverbial apple cart in a big way. If you are a mother or a father and worry that your interests could be compromised by changes, seeking a modification of existing orders is possible.

Child custody, or conservatorship as it is called in Texas, and support conditions can be altered if it can be shown that a change would be in the child's best interest.

With that standard as the priority, seeking modifications are most commonly pursued when there has been a major change in circumstances for either of the parents. It might be the loss of a job that reduces income available to pay support. Maybe a new job takes a parent out of state and visitation terms need to be modified.

If a child who is 12 or older tells the court that he or she has a preference of who has conservatorship over them that can prompt a change as well.

There can be other conditions that influence a decision to modify obligations related to parenting. If you have questions in this regard, speak with an experienced family law attorney to learn what options may exist.

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