Modification of Child Custody
Modify Your Child Custody Arrangement
In the aftermath of a divorce, the agreement between two spouses that deals with child custody and visitation can be modified, if so decided by both parties. This decision to modify custody terms can be made without the court's approval. However, if one parent reneges on the modification agreement, then the other cannot enforce it unless backed by the formal decision of the court. That is why it is advisable to obtain the blessing of the court before entering into any agreements that address the specifics of child custody.
If you are seeking to settle a matter related to the modification of your child custody terms, it is recommended that you consult a Long Island family law attorney at Wisselman & Associates. With over three decades of legal experience at our disposal, we provide high-quality service in family law and divorce cases of all types. This service includes close personal attention for each one of our clients throughout their legal proceedings, and our team working towards resolutions that serve the clients' best interests and the best interests of their family. We are available to assist you in your custody modification case by being persistent and dedicated in seeking an outcome that is desired by you.
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In most cases, a child custody modification will only be granted if the requesting parent can prove a "substantial change in circumstances." Such changes can include:
- Geographic relocation - If the custodial parent is planning a move that will significantly impact their child's life, this may be considered a change in circumstance that warrants a custody or visitation modification.
- Change in lifestyle - Custody modifications can be obtained if a parent's lifestyle change is deemed to be potentially threatening or harming to the child. This can include taking a job that necessitates leaving the child home at night, or the parent beginning to drink heavily or take drugs.
Contact a Long Island family lawyer if you are involved in a child custody modification case and are in need of professional legal help.