MAKING CUSTODY WORK
Sometimes, the custody arrangements that are made at the time of a divorce do not meet the needs of the child or parents in the future. To address this issue, the court allows parents to request a modification to the original custody agreement. However, it is not an easy task. You must prove that the need for modification will benefit the child. An experienced lawyer can help.
Attorney Mary Ann Beaty has over 40 years of experience with child custody agreements and modifications in Texas. She understands how to balance the needs of the child with the needs of each parent. If you are seeking modification or contesting it, we can help you. To make an appointment with a Dallas child custody modifications attorney, please call 214-350-5530 or contact us online.
REASONS YOU MAY REQUEST MODIFICATIONS
To modify a custody order, there must be a significant change in circumstances of at least one of the parties. There are many reasons for which the court may allow modifications such as:
- The death of the primary parent
- A job loss
- One parent goes to jail
- One parent has an alcohol or drug addiction
- Domestic violence
If one of these events occurs, sometimes the child’s aunts, uncles or grandparents may attempt to seek custody. Other life events that may require custody modification include:
- A teenager who now wants to live with the other parent
- Relocation of a parent necessitated by getting or losing a job
In the case of parental relocation, one parent will generally ask to lift or impose a geographic restriction such as being allowed to remove the child from a county or school district. In Texas, child custody is determined by what is in the best interest of the child. This rule still applies in cases of custody modifications.