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Modifications of California Child Custody Orders

By Widger & Widger, APLC  May. 31, 2013 3:58p

Child custody orders may require changes in the years following their initiation. The court has ongoing authority to modify custody orders at any time based on what it perceives to be in the best interests of the child(ren). These changes or modifications may be sought by one or both of the parents involved. In order to modify an existing child custody order, a parent must have a plausible reason which will need to be presented to the court as evidence.

Reasons for requesting a modification to child custody include a significant change in a parent's or the child's circumstances, such as a major change in a parent's income, a parent's remarriage which might involve a relocation to another geographical area and additional children to which the parent is financially obligated. The custodial parent also may wish to relocate due to a better job offer which could enhance the child's life. Other changes which could affect the child custody issue include a parent contracting a serious illness, the death of a parent, the current custody arrangement posing a physical or emotional threat to the child's welfare or safety (such as domestic violence or parental or household substance abuse), one parent refusing visitation rights to the other, the child reaching an age where he or she would prefer a change in custody, or the child experiencing new or additional needs in terms of health or education.

Divorce and Child Custody Attorney in Culver City, California

In order to make any changes to a child custody or other divorce agreement, it is best to consult with an attorney who practices divorce and family law in your local area. You will want to ensure that you understand all of the ramifications involved in making any modifications and how best to proceed with a request for changes through the courts. These issues can be complicated and having the representation and guidance of experienced legal representation is vital.

The divorce and family law firm of Widger & Widger, APLC is dedicated to helping individuals and families in Culver City and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. They are 100 percent client-driven in their legal service. The legal team has more than 18 years of combined experience in handling all types of divorce and divorce-related family issues, including paternity, prenuptial agreements, spousal support, child support, child custody, property and asset division, fathers' and grandparents' rights, enforcement of court orders, domestic violence, and more. Let them work to protect your rights on issues that matter the most. Contact the firm to schedule a free case consultation to get started.

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