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.