Exploring Child Custody Modification Options in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Families in general go through many changes and this is no different following a divorce. Job changes, including hours or location for instance, can have a significant impact on parents following a child custody agreement. It is important for parents to understand that they must abide by their court-ordered child custody agreement but that the family law process also serves as a resource if they need to ask the court for a child custody modification.

Child custody modifications may be available in some circumstances but it is important to ask the court first before deviating from any existing child custody agreement. It is possible for a parent to request a child custody modification, which may be granted in some circumstances, however, a parent may also need to contest a request to modify a child custody order. In both circumstances, the family law process is designed to help and facilitate a change both parties can live with rather than engage in an escalating dispute. This may be achieved through negotiations with the other parent, mediation or requesting a modification from the court.

It is also important to keep in mind that child custody decisions are always made in the best interests of the child. There are laws designed to protect children, including relocation laws, which is why it is important to seek the approval of the court before taking any action that deviates from a child custody agreement. The best interests of the child is the guiding consideration, therefore a child custody modification may be granted by the court based on a significant change in circumstances. Changes that can be considered significant enough for the court to grant a modification can include employment changes, changes in living situation or child care changes, among other possible changes the court may consider.

When circumstances have changed, parents should be aware that options are available to help them with child custody concerns based on the changing needs of the parties. It is useful for parents to be familiar with how the process works and remain focused on the best interests of the child and meeting those interests through available resources that are part of the family law process.

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