It is not unusual to want to modify the terms of your child custody agreement. Things happen in life. Circumstances change. The main thing is to keep the best interests of your child in mind, despite the need to revise the original terms of your divorce decree.
There can be any number of reasons for requiring modification, but you will have to show legitimate need for your request. An attorney experienced with family law can help you prepare a proper petition to present to the court.
A move may be coming up
Relocation is often a reason for child custody modification. A new job may be taking you or the other parent out of state, which will affect many matters regarding your child. Will he or she go with the parent who is leaving town? If the child stays behind, would this necessitate a change in legal custody?
Health problems may have developed
Perhaps you have developed a health issue that will alter the amount of time you will be able to spend with your child, possibly for the foreseeable future. This will affect the visitation schedule and perhaps physical custody. On the other hand, your child may have a serious illness and you require more financial assistance from your ex-spouse. Health issues of various kinds are also common reasons for requiring a modification to the custody agreement.
Child abuse fears may have surfaced
One of the more upsetting but nevertheless necessary reasons for a modification request is the issue of possible child abuse. If you have seen evidence of this or strongly suspect it is taking place when your child visits the other parent, you should not delay in bringing the matter to the attention of your attorney.
A change may occur
If you and your ex are among those who, for several years, have been able to abide by the child custody agreement that was originally put in place, you are very fortunate. However, if your circumstances change in some way, remember that the court will likely approve any legitimate modification to the agreement, as long as it is in your child’s best interests.