Is modification possible for child custody orders?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2023 | Modifications And Enforcement

When two parents are not in a relationship, they have to manage their children through the court and legal processes in most cases. While it is common for child support modifications to occur, you may not be aware that you also can seek child custody changes.

The final order from the court on parenting time is not written in stone. If you have certain issues that occur, you can request a modification.

The child’s best interests are in question

The goal of the court will all custody orders is to ensure they are in the best interests of the children. It is possible that eventually the original custody order no longer meets the needs of the child and could actually cause some type of harm for him or her. If the order is no longer meeting the child’s needs, then a parent can request a modification.

Circumstances changed significantly

If there is something within the family that changed and caused a significant difference in circumstances from the issuing of the original order, then you might seek a change. The court will want to see evidence of the issues and how the circumstance changed.

If you meet the guidelines to ask for a modification, you can do it alone or with the other parent. If you agree on changes, then it will make the process easier as you can jointly request changes. Just keep in mind that modifying a court order requires either solid evidence of a need or agreement between you and the other parent because the court will only act if it will be best for the children.