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Reasons for child custody modifications

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Child Custody |

A split or a divorce involving children causes various changes when it comes to parenting time. Whether a child custody battle ensues or not, the resulting custody agreement can feel permanent.

While the current order is determined to be the most suitable arrangement for the children at the time it was executed, the reality is that it is not permanent. A substantial change in circumstances often signals a child custody modification.

Reasons for modification

While there are various reasons a judge will approve child custody modification, some reasons for modification are quite common.

One is a situation in which both parents agree and make a joint request for modification.

Another involves a parent who relocates and a change in custody is in the child’s best interests.

Some modifications are initiated by the child. If the child is of a certain age, their preferences can lead to an approved modification.

Other reasons include parental alienation, the inability to co-parent, evidence of abuse or neglect, failure to follow the current order, a change in parental circumstances and a change in the needs of the child. If a parent can illustrate that there has been a substantial or material change in circumstances, this could warrant a child custody modification.

Seeking modification

If you believe you have a valid reason or situation that illustrates that a change in custody is necessary, it is important that you consider your legal rights and options. A legal professional can help you understand if you have a valid reason to request modification. Additionally, they can help you determine the necessary modification and guide you through the negotiation, mediation and litigation process.