How Custody Modifications Work

Child custody orders included in a divorce or created as stand-alone orders are subject to modification if one or both parents have experienced substantial changes in circumstances. The vast majority of parents put their children's best interests in the forefront of any decisions they make while raising them. Mothers and fathers also naturally guard their parental rights.

Modifications For Change Of Circumstance

Changes may be necessary if one parent has gone to prison, if a parent is in the military and deployed out of the area, if a parent has a medical problem, or if either parent has remarried or taken a new job in a new location. Other compelling factors may include a child's special needs or voluntary relinquishment of the child by a parent to another person.

An experienced child custody attorney at Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., can help you file a petition or file a counter-petition.

A child's stated preference, if the child is 12 years old or older, may factor into a Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR) in pursuit of a child custody modification. If we represent you, you can rest assured that we are well-prepared to apply our knowledge and skills to protect your parental rights. We are ready to take the steps necessary to pursue your goals while taking into account your children's best interests.

Sometimes a parent who will lose frequent contact with a child in the event of a move raises objections and tries to block the child custody modification. Whichever side of a Texas child custody case you are on (petitioning for a modification or seeing to prevent a modification), Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., is here to advise and represent you zealously and capably.

How Will A Family Law Court Take A Teenage Child's Preferences Into Account?

Sometimes parents believe they can negotiate a change in a custody arrangement on their own, without involving a lawyer or judge. Such parents sometimes come to our law offices asking, "Do we have to take this to court?" We typically let them know that informal arrangements may work for a short period of time, but if either parent reneges on the plan, a child's sense of security may be at stake. Potential disruptions to a child's well-being through unexpected moves, changes of school and changes in family structure are often avoidable with proper legal tools in place.

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