A child custody order explains the custody arrangement for your children and is often created during a divorce or legal separation. If your order no longer works for you and your family, you can request a child custody modification in court.
When Should You Consider Modifying Your Child Custody Order?
Here are common reasons why a parent may seek to modify an existing custody order.
A parent is relocating: If you or your ex-spouse decides to relocate to a distant location, the court will consider changing the custody order.
A child is in immediate danger: If abuse is suspected in the current household, the court will consider a modification.
A parent’s work schedule changes: If either spouse’s work schedule changes, a modification may be required to ensure a child can attend school and other activities.
A parent’s health changes: If a parent receives a diagnosis requiring medical attention, the order may need to be modified to ensure a child’s life isn’t interrupted due to medical care.
Other reasons for modifications may include the death of a parent, custody order violations, remarriage and a parent’s inability to provide childcare.
The court may not consider changing a child custody order if it appears to work. After all, they’re most concerned about what’s in the best interests of your children. If a modification will disrupt your child’s life, the court will want solid reasons why it’s a must.
The Child Custody Modification Process
If you believe you have a solid reason for modification, you must file a petition or motion to modify child custody in court. Once filed, the other parent will receive notice of the motion. The case will then reopen and follow a similar process as the original case. If you can prove your case for modification, you and your ex-spouse will receive a new custody order reflecting the changes.
We recommend reaching out to an attorney who can help you determine your options and how to best proceed.
Reach Out to Schneider Law Firm in Ft. Worth Today
Do you believe you need a child custody order modification? If so, we’re here to help. To learn more about custody modifications, call our Ft. Worth office today at 817-755-1852 or send us a message.
During a divorce or child custody case, false allegations of violence are often made, resulting in a protective order. A restraining order turns your case into a criminal matter that requires proper defense. Without defense, there are far-reaching consequences that may go even further than damaging your case.
The Effects of a Protective Order on Your Case
A protective order or restraining order is a court order used to protect a party from further harm from another party. For example, it’s often used to prevent further violence, abuse or harassment. If you are served with a protective order, you must defend yourself to avoid the court finding you:
Unfit to share joint custody of your children
Unable to be trusted with unsupervised visitation with your children
At fault for the end of your marriage, resulting in your spouse receiving a larger share of community property or spousal support from you
You Must Secure Protective Order Defense
It is the court’s responsibility to decide what’s in the best interests of your children with the facts given. You must secure protective order defense to protect yourself. In some cases, it’s possible to discover the victim of an order of protection is actually the perpetrator. Yet, it takes someone experienced to dig deeper and gather evidence in your favor.
We recommend reaching out to an experienced divorce and defense attorney who can guide you through this trying time.
What if the Allegations Are True?
If violence or abuse of any kind has occurred, there’s a defense available for that as well. You can seek help for your past mistakes. Before a case can be made in your favor, you’ll need to take some additional steps such as seeking therapy or anger management. An attorney can help you decide what next steps you should take to help you and your case.
Protective Order? Reach Out to the Attorneys at Schneider Law.
Have you received a protective order during a divorce? It’s possible to find help. Our attorneys have experience in both criminal defense and family law, ensuring you receive the guidance you need. To learn more about protective orders, call our Arlington office at 817-799-7125 or send us a message.