If you are a parent with a paternity order in Texas, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to change the order. Whether it's because of a change in your circumstances or because you believe that the order is not in your child's best interest, it's important to know when and how you can modify paternity orders in Texas. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
When Can You Modify a Paternity Order?
In Texas, you can generally only modify a paternity order if there has been a significant change in your circumstances or the circumstances of your child since the order was issued. This could include changes in your income, your child's needs, or a change in the custody arrangement.
How Do You Request a Modification?
To request a paternity order modification, you must file a petition with the court that issued the original order. You must explain why you believe a modification is necessary and provide evidence to support your request. Working with an experienced family law attorney is important to ensure your petition is properly prepared and presented to the court.
What Factors Will the Court Consider?
When deciding whether to grant a modification of a paternity order, the court will consider a variety of factors, including:
- The best interests of the child
- The child's physical, emotional, and developmental needs
- The abilities of each parent to meet the child's needs
- The child's relationship with each parent
- Any history of domestic violence or abuse
What are Some Common Reasons for Modifying a Paternity Order?
Some common reasons for modifying a paternity order in Texas include:
- A change in custody or visitation arrangements
- A change in child support obligations
- A change in the child's medical or educational needs
- A change in the parent's ability to provide for the child
If you need to modify a paternity order in Texas, it's important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your child.
We have extensive experience helping parents navigate the complexities of modifying paternity orders in Texas at Garza Law Firm, LLLP.
Contact Garza Law Firm, LLLP, today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you!