One of the most common misconceptions about divorce is that everything is final. One thing we can always count on in life is change, and when it comes to divorce, it is no different. Changes occur in many aspects of our lives and can directly affect things we have put into place. In today’s case: custody modifications. 

 

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What is Custody Modification?

As life goes on and as children grow, adjustments may need to be made to the custody agreement. Changes may be made to the custody agreement as long as both parents have come to a mutual consensus. However, for it to be legally binding, the changes must be submitted for approval to the court. If the court does not approve, then it is not in effect, and neither parent is required to follow it.

 

Custody Modification Requirements

Many changes may occur in your life or your ex-spouse’s life that can affect existing child support and visitation arrangements. To receive a custody modification from the court, the petitioner must prove one or more of the following significant changes to their lifestyle:

 

The Best Interest of the Child

In addition to the list above of significant changes in lifestyle, the court will only consider changing the current custody agreement if it is in the best interest of the child. Children thrive in safe, consistent, and stable environments. The court will ensure that the child has the safety, consistency, and stability that it needs to develop and grow properly. Here are some of the factors the court will look at when determining the child’s best interest:

 

Let the Team at The Ault Firm Represent You

Making adjustments and changing the terms of a divorce settlement is not easy, but with the right lawyer, it is possible. The skilled team of attorneys at The Ault Firm have years of experience and have successfully helped men and women petition for a custody modification. Our lawyers are here to offer you guidance and counsel and to help you navigate this process. Contact the professionals at The Ault Firm to schedule your case review.