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Can You Modify Custody Orders?

Can You Modify Custody Orders?

Because life is always changing, people have to be ready and willing to adapt. The same can be said regarding child custody matters in New York. When your life circumstances change, your previous custody order may no longer be suitable for your needs and limits your ability to be there for your children. Due to this, a custody modification may be necessary.

Modifying Child Custody in New York

In order to make changes to your current child custody and visitation order, you will need to file a petition with the court that originally issued it. For the modification to be approved, you must provide evidence that there is a significant change in your circumstances since the original order and the requested modification is in your children’s best interests.

Significant changes in circumstances can include:

  • Loss of employment

  • Financial hardships

  • Remarriage

  • Relocation of home

  • Health issues by either party

  • Abandonment

  • Neglect or domestic abuse

  • The child has become older and has requested a change

In New York, the law allows for custody orders to be modified if a parent was deployed by the military, and they are requesting the modification upon their return. The court will still need to determine that this change is in the best interests of the child before issuing the modification.

Even if you have a substantial change in circumstances, the court does not have to grant a modification of your custody and visitation order. Regardless of why you are requesting the modification, the court must be able to see how it is best for your child’s interests. This is their number one priority when making any custody-related decisions.

Eiges & Orgel is Here to Help

Modifying a custody order is a complicated matter that courts carefully consider. If you believe the changes in your life warrant a modification to your current custody and visitation plan, contact a skilled New York family law attorney today. At Eiges & Orgel, we can examine your case and advocate for your rights to help you achieve a favorable resolution with your custody case.

Call Eiges & Orgel today at (347) 848-1850 to discuss your custody modification today.



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