Modification of Custody Orders
The changing social fabric of the family means a change in custodial or visitation arrangements do occur often. Child custody and visitation orders are generally modifiable whenever the court finds a modification is necessary or when it’s in the child’s best interests.
“The parent seeking a custody modification must show a “significant change of circumstances” that would support such a modification.”
Significant Change of Circumstances
Typically, the parent seeking a custody modification must show a “significant change of circumstances” that would support such a modification. These can include:
- Changes in work schedules
- Changes in location, such as the non-custodial parent moving closer to the custodial parent
- Child’s preference – if a child desires to live with or spend more time with the non-custodial parent
- Irresponsible parenting – school attendance issues, substance abuse, trouble with the law
If your family is facing any of these changes in circumstances, consult with an attorney immediately to determine what modifications to custody orders may be possible.
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When one parent seeks to relocate or “move-away” from the geographic area where they once, lived there is a serious issue as to which parent should have custody of the children. In addition to standard custody modification issues, Bohm Wildish & Matsen has experience in the area of these “move-away” cases and can help you define your goals and work towards them, whether your goal is to prevent the other parent from moving, or whether you are seeking to relocate.
Learn more about relocating with your children.