Can I modify my custody arrangement?
Sometimes, you need to modify the child custody or visitation orders after a divorce. As your children grow older, they might have different requirements that your current arrangement does not meet.
According to California Family Code, the court can change the custody order at any time after the conclusion of a divorce. You only have to demonstrate the change is “necessary and proper.”
Reasons for modification
Changing custody might be necessary for a variety of reasons. You or your ex-spouse’s work schedule might change, you might move closer to your ex-spouse, your child might request to change custodial parents, the non-custodial parent might want to move farther away or the other parent might demonstrate irresponsible behavior. Modifying a custody arrangement is not always the other parent’s fault, but do not hesitate to request a change if you believe your children’s well-being is at stake.
Effects on child support
Additionally, California courts can modify the child support arrangement. If you experience a loss of income or your spouse starts to earn more money, you might find it necessary to request a modification. If you change the custody arrangement, child support might also change. For example, if you start to spend more time with your children and you previously paid child support, your ex-spouse might end up paying for the support instead.
California always puts the well-being of the child before any other considerations. Consider your options carefully if you believe your children might benefit from a change in custody arrangements or support. You do not have to settle for an arrangement that takes away from your children’s development.