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Common reasons for custody modification

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Divorce |

Child custody arrangements are not always set in stone. As life circumstances change, it may become necessary to modify an existing custody order to better serve the child’s best interests.

There are some common situations that may warrant a change in child custody.

Significant changes in income

When one parent experiences a substantial increase or decrease in income, it can impact their ability to provide for the child’s needs. If the parent with primary custody is facing financial difficulties, the other parent may seek a modification to ensure the child’s well-being. Conversely, if the non-custodial parent’s income increases significantly, they may petition for more parenting time.

Abuse or neglect

If one parent has concerns about a child’s safety due to abuse or neglect, they should take action right away. Evidence of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, as well as neglect, is often grounds for an emergency custody modification. The court’s priority is to protect the child from harm and ensure their well-being in a safe environment.

Parental relocation

When one parent needs to move a significant distance for work, family or other reasons, it can disrupt the existing custody arrangement. If the move makes the current custody schedule impractical, a modification may be necessary. The court will consider factors such as the distance of the move, the child’s age and the potential impact on their education and relationships when making a decision.

By understanding the potential reasons for modifying a child custody order, parents can better navigate these challenging situations.