Although family courts favor stability and consistency in the life of a child, a custody order is not set in stone. Circumstances may change and the arrangement that was once in the best interests of the child may not always be suitable. If you would like to modify your child custody order, you can do so by either discussing it with your ex or by petitioning the court with your request. Continue reading to learn more.
Requesting a Modification
If your discussion regarding child custody modification does not go over well with your spouse, your next option will be to take your request to court.
A judge may grant your request if the following is true:
- Your circumstances substantially changed, affecting your child’s welfare
- The proposed modification serves the best interests of the child
Below is a list of some common circumstances in which a child custody order may be modified:
- One parent is relocating and it would have either a positive or negative impact on the child’s life.
- One parent is refusing to comply with the terms of the existing child custody order.
- The needs of the child changed.
- The parent’s circumstances changed. For example, your time with the child was limited due to substance abuse problems and you are now sober with a steady job.
- The current situation poses a danger to the child’s wellbeing. For example, the parent is struggling with substance abuse issues or is dealing with an untreated mental illness.
If you are seeking a child custody modification, it is essential to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case, so you can secure the best possible results.
Schedule a Consultation with a Skilled Legal Professional to Get Started on Your Case!
Issues pertaining to child custody are among some of the most delicate legal matters, which is why it is essential to seek skilled legal counsel. At the Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill PLLC, our family law team is backed by more than 5 decades of combined experience, which we will use to your advantage. You can feel confident in our team’s ability to provide personalized attention and effective, tailored solutions that help you meet your needs and goals.
Reach out to our law firm today at (832) 210-1698 to set up a consultation with a member of our team to get started on your child custody modification case and learn more about what we can do for you.