When your child custody agreement needs modification
After finalizing a divorce and child custody settlement, it is important to know that you can modify the custody order if something ever changes. Understand the most common reasons for child custody changes so that you know when to consider taking your situation to court.
There are a few key conditions that often lead to changes in child custody orders.
Have your child’s needs changed?
As children get older, their needs evolve. School schedules become more demanding, after-school jobs and sports take time and friendships take priority. This often leads to canceled visitations and missed weekends because of other commitments. You may need to go back to court to revise the visitation schedules to meet your child’s rigorous calendar.
Has your work schedule changed?
If your child custody and visitation agreement depends on a day shift job but you recently took a second shift position, you may need to adjust your visitation schedule. The court can revise the visitation times to allow you adequate time with your children to foster the relationship between you and your kids.
Is the other parent changing things?
If the parent with primary custody is changing schedules or relocating, it is in your best interest to have the custody agreement evaluated and adapted accordingly. The visitation schedule can account for travel time and distance as well as the child’s school calendar and needs.
Do not let changing schedules and changes in lifestyle interfere with your custodial time with your children. Family courts specialize in adapting visitation schedules to protect relationships.