Usually, the courts determine child custody cases based on the child’s best interests. It means that the child’s well-being and safety take priority no matter the parent’s opinions on how things should go regarding custody.
However, circumstances may later change, putting the child’s welfare at risk. Given that you want the best for your child, you need to take action and protect them.
When can a child custody order be modified?
You cannot modify custody orders to suit your interests. Any modification request must be backed by valid reasons for the judge to consider making any changes. It means that you need to provide evidence on how the current arrangement does not guarantee your child’s safety or best interests.
Some of the possible reasons include:
- Your co-parent is denying you visitation rights or is constantly violating the existing custody orders
- Domestic violence in your co-parent’s home
- The circumstances of your co-parent have drastically changed, making the current orders ineffective For instance, following incarceration or enlisting in the armed forces
- Changes in the child’s needs, such as their health or education, among others
What to expect
Remember, it could be consequential if you go against the current orders by taking matters into your own hands. You could be held in contempt of court or even jailed. Therefore, you need to seek the court’s approval if you and your co-parent cannot agree on how to handle the situation.
They are likely to resist any changes in the custodial arrangement by disproving your claims. However, if you are well prepared with the proof, your request may sail through once the judge agrees with you. Your children deserve the best shot at life, and as a parent, it is up to you to ensure that.