How to Modify Child Custody Agreements

If you have lost custody of your children in a divorce, don’t give up hope. The courts have the power to modify any existing child custody order to meet the needs of the child and to respond to changes in the parents’ lives. A parent seeking to change an existing order through the court must show the conditions have changed substantially since the last order.

There are several resources available to parents that provide help.

Take for example a divorced dad whose ex-wife ended up with sole custody of their children. Later down the road, the divorced dad experienced some changes in his circumstances that provided him with an opportunity to take the matter back to court. The event resulted in him receiving sole custody of his oldest son. This is a true and common story.

Parents have the right to adjust their child custody agreements as lives and situations change. What was ideal for a child or parent a few years ago might not be the same now. As children grow, so do their needs. Responsible parents should be open to these needs and address them as best as possible. Sometimes this requires the need for additional divorce services.

Seeking a modification in a child custody order is easier said than done. There are various types of changes a parent can seek under the existing laws. It is best to understand the child custody laws that apply to your current situation before hiring an attorney and pursuing a costly legal action.

By first understanding the laws and situations in which you can request a modification, you will save yourself money in the long run. There are several detailed self help guides available to parents for a nominal fee that explain how the legal system operates. Certain guides also explain how to go about filing for a modification order or how to approach the other parent before requesting a change.

Ideally, both parents can agree and request an amicable modification to child custody. This however is not always the case. With the use of available resources, you not only make a modification a little easier to understand, but also obtain information that might help you convince your ex-spouse to agree on a new situation without the hassle of the courts. Either way, an informational guide is likely to save its readers time and energy that might be otherwise wasted wading through child custody laws.

Ron Lasorsa