If you are considering modifying your child custody agreement, you are not alone. Many parents find themselves in a situation where modification is necessary. The good news is that modification is possible, but there are specific circumstances in which it can take place.
Why Would Modification Take Place?
There are many reasons why parents might need to modify their child custody agreement. One common reason is that the needs of the child have changed. For example, if the child is now older, they may have different schedules and activities that need to be taken into account. Additionally, if one parent has moved to a new location, it may no longer be possible for the child to see both parents as easily. In these cases, modification may be necessary to ensure that the child can still have a relationship with both parents.
Another common reason for modification may be changes in the circumstances of either parent. For example, if one parent gets a new job or starts going to school, their schedule may change, making it difficult for them to adhere to the original custody agreement. Additionally, if there are changes in the home life of either parent, such as a new marriage or divorce, modification may be necessary.
How Do I Modify My Custody Agreement?
When a modification is necessary, there are a few things you can do. First, try talking to your fellow co-parent about your concerns and see if they are open to modifying the agreement. If both parents are on board with a modification, then you can work together to come up with a new schedule that works for everyone. However, if the other parent is not open to modification, then you may need to go through the court system in order to have your child custody agreement modified.
The process for going through the court system will vary depending on your specific circumstances. However, in most situations, it will be necessary to file a petition with the court and attend a hearing. Both parents will have the opportunity to present their case for why the modification is necessary. After reviewing any provided evidence, the court will make a decision about whether or not to modify the child custody agreement.
Working With Attorneys Is Crucial
When considering modification of a custody agreement, it is important to talk to an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the process. An attorney from Eiges & Orgel, PLLC can help you understand your options and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the modification process.
If you need assistance with modifying a custody agreement, give us a call at (347) 848-1850 for a consultation.