In Texas, the legal word for custody is “conservatorship.” Custody, or conservatorship, describes your relationship with a child when there is a court order
A visitation or possession order says when each parent (or sometimes a nonparent) has the right to time with a child.
Child support is money a parent pays to help with the cost of raising a child, such as the cost of food, housing, clothing, school supplies, daycare and activities. A parent can be ordered to pay child support by a judge. Even if there is no court order, both parents are expected to financially support their child. A parent who does not live with a child and does not help support the child may be ordered to pay “back” or “retroactive” child support to the person who cared for the child.
Medical support is additional child support a parent is ordered to pay to cover the cost of health insurance and uninsured medical expenses for a child.
Dental support is like medical support. It is additional child support that a parent is ordered to pay to cover the reasonable cost of dental insurance and uninsured dental expenses for a child.
You can ask a judge to change a custody, visitation, child support or medical support order by filing a modification case.
Generally, this means that at least one of these things has happened:
The income of the parent ordered to pay child support has either increased or decreased, or
The parent ordered to pay child support is legally responsible for additional children, or
The child's medical insurance coverage has changed, or
The child's living arrangements have changed.
Warning: Do not file a frivolous modification suit. You can be assessed attorney’s fees if the court finds that the modification suit was filed frivolously or to harass the other side. See Texas Family Code chapter 156.005.
Some Texas courts have said that a decrease in a parent's salary can be a material and substantial change in circumstances supporting a modification in child support. To help you figure out if you could succeed in your modification suit, you should talk to a lawyer who practices in the county where your orders were signed.
No. Only a judge can change a court order.