I need to know about modification in the state of Texas...I am particularly interested in (a-1)
Does it mean that EVEN IF (2) has happened, 3 yrs from last order, because it is a modified order it cannot be changed UNLESS there is a material and substantial change in circumstances? Or does this apply ONLY if it's been less than 3 years?
SUBCHAPTER E. MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT
Sec. 156.401. GROUNDS FOR MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (a-1) or (b), the court may modify an order that provides for the support of a child, including an order for health care coverage under Section 154.182, if:
(1) the circumstances of the child or a person affected by the order have materially and substantially changed since the earlier of:
(A) the date of the order's rendition; or
(B) the date of the signing of a mediated or collaborative law settlement agreement on which the order is based; or
(2) it has been three years since the order was rendered or last modified and the monthly amount of the child support award under the order differs by either 20 percent or $100 from the amount that would be awarded in accordance with the child support guidelines.
(a-1) If the parties agree to an order under which the amount of child support differs from the amount that would be awarded in accordance with the child support guidelines, the court may modify the order only if the circumstances of the child or a person affected by the order have materially and substantially changed since the date of the order's rendition.
(b) A support order may be modified with regard to the amount of support ordered only as to obligations accruing after the earlier of:
(1) the date of service of citation; or
(2) an appearance in the suit to modify.
(c) An order of joint conservatorship, in and of itself, does not constitute grounds for modifying a support order.
(d) Release of a child support obligor from incarceration is a material and substantial change in circumstances for purposes of this section if the obligor's child support obligation was abated, reduced, or suspended during the period of the obligor's incarceration.