Texas Attorney Works to Modify Orders and Agreements
Flower Mound lawyer assists clients seeking changes in child support, custody, or alimony
All families change over time. As their needs and goals change, legal action may be necessary to make sure that existing court orders evolve to meet new family requirements. What was suitable to the parties at the time of the divorce may no longer work as jobs change, children age, and parents remarry.
Ilarraza Law, P.C. helps families obtain appropriate modifications to child support, child custody, visitation, time-sharing, and spousal support. I also address relocation issues when parents move into or out of Texas.
Modifications of child custody or time-sharing, child support, and spousal maintenance often require proof to the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. These substantial changes can be as simple as a greater financial need or increase in income, or may include a change in your child’s environment or time-sharing requirements.
I serve as an advocate for your family
I advocate for your rights in court to help you get the child support and child custody modifications you and your children need. I’ll also guide you through the often-difficult procedures to get those results. In addition, I help families with the domestication of foreign or out-of-state judgments, assisting them in obtaining a court order that asks the State to treat an order from another state as its own. Domestications for matters like child support and visitation can be especially useful when families with children move into or out of the state.
I provide families with individualized legal advice and assistance
When you bring your modification case to my firm, I review your goals with you. Then, I examine the existing agreements between you and your ex-spouse or child’s parent. Together we can set realistic, achievable objectives to bring before the Texas family court judge. Whether you are seeking an adjustment in your spousal or child support, are looking to adjust your visitation schedule, or are attempting to become the primary custodian of your children, I can help.
I take action for you as fast as the Texas family courts allow. I take the time to work closely with you to understand your unique circumstances, goals, and concerns.
Call Ilarraza Law today at (214) 646-3253 to set up your consultation with a modification lawyer if you’re seeking to modify your family law orders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there risks to filing a child support modification?
Almost every legal action carries some risk depending on your situation. A lot of that is determined by the particulars of your circumstances. For example, if you request child support order modifications then there’s a chance the other party will be displeased which could lead to increased hostility. There’s also the chance that the court will not grant the order modification to your liking or as you predicted. This is why it’s so important to have an educated and experienced family law attorney to help navigate your change of circumstance and advice if they feel you can successfully modify an existing court order.
Can property division orders be modified after a divorce?
Under Texas Family Code, a court cannot modify, alter, amend, or change property division agreements. The court is only able to enforce or clarify a prior order for property division. If you discover that there is property that was not included in the original divorce decree, then either spouse is able to file suit to divide that specific property. It is strongly recommended that you only do this with an experienced divorce modification lawyer.
Will alimony be part of my Texas divorce decree?
Spousal support is not mandatory in Texas. This means that you may or may not have alimony as part of your Texas divorce decree. There are specific court rules when it comes to Texas alimony. Most divorcing couples decide on spousal support or alimony outside of the courtroom. However, if your spouse is unwilling to pay alimony and you meet the requirements according to the Texas Family Code then you may be able to fight for it with an experienced divorce attorney. If, down the road, you wish to modify your alimony order you’ll want to work with divorce modification attorneys to ensure it is done properly.
How do I change my child support or spousal support if my income has changed?
Either parent is able to request a modification of child support as modifications of orders do not happen automatically. However, these orders cannot be changed on a whim. There must be evidence supporting that there’s a good reason for the modification order. This can include a large increase in income or a change in the child’s needs. If you have a change in circumstances that warrants a modification of child support orders, then you’ll want to speak with a family law lawyer to get the process started. Modifications are complex and since they aren’t easily done, it’s important to have an experienced attorney guiding you through the process.
What is the difference between a judgment and temporary order for child support?
Temporary orders are orders that are in place until your case is over and you receive the final orders. In cases where the divorce is ongoing due to circumstances, it is possible to request a modification of temporary orders in Texas, provided you can meet the burden by proving there has been a substantial change of circumstances to account for the request.
What type of orders can be modified in family law cases?
Some of the most common family law modifications include:
- Modification of Child Custody and Visitation Orders
- Child Support Order
- Modification of Medical Support or Dental Support
- Modification of Existing Orders for Spousal Support
If you’re considering any modification of order, be it related to child custody or any other postjudgment modification of standing orders, the best thing you can do is speak with a modification attorney. They will be able to evaluate your modification request alongside your current order to determine what steps you can take.