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When should you modify a child custody order?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Family Law

Child custody can make a divorce more complicated. With both parties fighting for their parental rights, the court will consider several factors to give orders in the child’s best interest.

However, things may change later, and the existing order may no longer work. In such a case, you will request the court to modify it. The following are three circumstances that may lead you to do this.

Physical relocation

If you or the other parent wants to relocate far, perhaps to another city or state, you may need to return to court. The court will consider the effect of the relocation on the child and the other parent.

Thus, the order may be modified if the move burdens the noncustodial parent or not if it significantly benefits the child. Nonetheless, the court will try to maintain the child’s relationship with both parents.

Changes in employment

A change in your employment may lead you to request a child custody modification. For instance, if you move to a job with a schedule that clashes with the parenting plan, you may need to make changes. You should present your new work schedule in court.

Violations of the existing order

If the other parent is violating the current plan — for example, not picking up your child or returning them when they should or canceling all the time in violation of the current custody order, you may need to go to court.

Child custody modifications may be necessary in some situations. With experienced legal guidance, you can better make informed decisions.