California Child Custody Modifications
There are certain life circumstances that could prompt a parent to make changes to an existing child custody or visitation arrangement. Making changes to an existing order requires a significant change in one’s circumstances and it is necessary to provide sufficient documents and evidence that can prove that the existing order is no longer in the best interest of the child. Whether you are the parent who has been granted primary custody or not, obtaining the support of a well-versed family law attorney will ensure the best possible outcome in your case is achieved. The proficient family law attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP can help.
Child custody and visitation disputes are common after a divorce or separation as it can be difficult for parents to assimilate the aftermath of the separation. The family law attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP understand the difficulties families face after separation, especially when the matter involves dependent children. The firm is also aware of the changing circumstances that could lead to the need for a modification in a child custody or visitation order. If you need to make changes to an existing order or seek representation in a custody dispute case, consider obtaining the support of the dedicated team of attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP. A no-obligation consultation can be obtained by contacting the firm today.
Reasons to Modify an Existing Custody Order
Parents can seek a modification to an existing order at any time, but they must have legal grounds to do so. To request the change, the petitioning parent will need to demonstrate that there has been a significant change in his or her circumstances since the order was made.
The following are common reasons custody orders are modified:
- One of the parents has to relocate as a result of personal affairs or employment
- One of the parents’ religious practices are causing harm to the child
- One of the parents has placed the minor in a dangerous situation or environment
- One of the parents has failed to properly care for the child
- One of the parents is denying the other rightful contact with the child
The Child’s Preference Can Influence the Custody Modification
Every child custody and visitation order made will be based on what the court considers to be the child’s best interest. When making a determination, courts will take into consideration the child’s preference when it considers the child to be mature enough. In addition to a number of other factors that will be considered, the court may allow a child over the age of 12 to disclose his or her preference.
Obtain the Support of a Qualified Family Law Attorney
Child modification orders can be made after a final judgement has been made, but petitions for modification must be made with good reason. If you seek a modification for an existing order, seek the legal representation of a well-versed family law attorney. A litigator with the right skills and experience will ensure a favorable outcome is achieved.
The attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP are highly versed in complex family law cases, which includes modifications in existing child custody or visitation orders. With offices located throughout the Inland Empire, the firm is available to take on your case today. Consider contacting RM Law Group, LLP for a complimentary consultation.