When will a court modify custody orders?

Life brings many changes, and this is especially true when it comes to children. As they get older, there may be a lot of things that become different. They may feel different, or situations may change.

Some of these things may become issues that impact an existing custody order. It is possible to modify a custody order if needed.

Main consideration

The court will always make choices that benefit the child the most. The best interests of the children are the only factor the court looks at when considering whether to change existing parenting plans. The court does not care what is best for you or the other parent. The system focuses on the kids now, which helps to avoid petty arguments or parents trying to use kids as weapons.


Because the court’s only consideration is whether a change to the agreement will be good for the children, it is important to present a case that shows why changes would be the right thing for the children. Never focus a case on what you want or what is best for you. It is essential to show why the requested changes are the best possible thing for the children. If you cannot show that changing existing orders would be beneficial to the kids, then you probably will not get the judge to rule in your favor.

To get a modification, you will have to show that the current agreement is harming the children or is causing other hardships that are negatively impacting the children. You should never speak for your child, though, or make claims that he or she would not back up when speaking with the court. Remember, the judge may talk to your child directly, so be sure you remain honest.


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