Child custody orders are very strict, and you face severe penalties if you don’t follow these court orders. However, that does not mean that child custody are set in stone forever. If you are unhappy with a prior child custody order, you may be able to have the child custody modified. In order to have your best chance to have your request for modification granted, you will need the help of an experienced child custody attorney.
How to Modify a Child Custody Order
If you wish to modify an existing child custody order in California, your skilled child custody attorney will need to petition the court to modify the order. The judge will only modify child custody orders if your family law attorney can show there has been a substantial change in your circumstances. The court will consider many factors in making its decision.
Some reasons that would be considered a substantial change in circumstances that could lead to your modification request being granted include:
- The birth of another child
- You or the child’s other parent lost a job
- A material change in the living situation of you or the child’s other parent occurred
- You or the child’s other parent is moving far away
- Drug or alcohol abuse by you or the child’s other parent
- Any history of physical violence