As lives change after divorce, so can custody orders. When a change is needed, it calls for a child custody modification. These modifications are not always an easy task. Courts want to prevent small disputes, and therefore it is hard to get the court to modify a child visitation or custody order. The court for the best interest of the child makes these orders. At a certain point, it can be very beneficial to get a custody modification lawyer involved.
A few reasons for custody modification where you will want to contact a lawyer include:
- Circumstances of the parent or child have substantially changed since the custody order or agreement was established (ex, change in finances, location, health)
- Request of a child 12 years old and over
- Abuse or neglect
New York courts recognize situations that qualify as either a material or substantial change that have a significant effect upon the original agreement. Some of these major changes include health or medical conditions, remarriage, employment loss, criminal behavior, negligent or dangerous behavior or a change in location. All of these reasons are acceptable to the court in petitions for a change in orders.
In cases of abuse or neglect, judges require than an affidavit be submitted to the court detailing the reasons for the allegations and all facts relevant. You will want to get a lawyer involved in order to gain the best interest for your child.
Whether your case involves an opposing parent or you have been denied access to your child, we can help. The life and well being of your child is of utmost importance. Contact us today to talk to our experience lawyers.