Supporting You Through Changes To Custody Arrangements
The child custody and support agreement you made when you got divorced may not be what you and your family need as your lives move forward. Making changes (or modifications) to child custody or child support may become necessary, but it can be a complex process.
At Ward & Myers LLP, we understand that circumstances can change after a divorce or separation, requiring modifications or changes to existing child custody arrangements. We are dedicated family law attorneys in Midland, and we are here to guide you through the process of modifying custody orders in Texas. With our assertive yet compassionate approach, we will focus on efficiently navigating custody modifications to ensure that the best interests of your children will be met.
Understanding Custody Modifications And Changes
Modifying a custody arrangement or seeking changes is a common situation for many parents, and they often have a lot of questions about how modifications of custody work. Below are some of the ones we hear most frequently.
When can I seek a custody modification?
In Texas, either parent may seek modification of a child custody order – but there must be some valid reason for the request. Some circumstances that may warrant a custody modification include the following:
- Relocation: If one parent needs to move due to job opportunities or other significant life changes, then a modification may be necessary to accommodate the new circumstances.
- Changes in schedules: If the existing custody arrangement no longer aligns with the parents’ or children’s schedules, a modification can address the new scheduling needs.
- Parental fitness concerns: If one parent demonstrates behavior or actions that raise concerns about their ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children, then a modification may be appropriate.
- Children’s best interests: If the current custody arrangement no longer serves the best interests of the children, such as a significant change in the children’s needs or preferences, then a modification can help address those concerns.
We can help you examine your needs and goals and determine what actions you need to take next.
What does the custody modification process look like?
Modifying a custody arrangement typically involves the following steps:
- Petition: The parent seeking the modification files a petition with the court, outlining the reasons for the requested change.
- Court evaluation: The court evaluates the proposed modification and considers factors such as the children’s well-being, parental fitness, and the ability of both parents to cooperate and make decisions in the children’s best interests.
- Mediation or court hearing: Depending on the circumstances, mediation or a court hearing may be necessary to resolve any disputes and reach a modified custody agreement.
- Court approval: If the court determines that a modification is in the children’s best interests, then it will issue a modified custody order.
We are lawyers who can ensure that you do not miss any of these critical steps as you move through the process of making changes to a child custody or support agreement.
Do judges typically allow custody modifications in Texas?
Every case is decided on its own merits, and the court will always look at the issue through the lens of what is in the best interests of the child. Typically, the court will try to get the parents to come to a new agreement on their own. If that fails, the court will then typically make a ruling. An experienced attorney can give you a better idea of how things are likely to play out in your case once they know the details of your situation.
How long do I have to wait to modify custody?
Typically, parents need to wait a year between modifications to request a new one so that the court is not inundated with constant requests. However, the court does recognize that life can be unpredictable, and it will generally allow modification requests due to significant life changes or concerns about the child’s well-being at any time.
Seek Skilled Representation
At Ward & Myers LLP, we are experienced family law attorneys who have extensive knowledge and skills in custody modifications and changes. We understand the importance of protecting your children’s well-being and will advocate for your rights throughout the process. We will gather evidence, present compelling arguments, and guide you through negotiations or court proceedings to achieve a favorable outcome.
Modifying a custody arrangement can be emotionally challenging for parents and children. We are a compassionate team that is here to provide the support and guidance you need during this sensitive time. We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide honest and practical advice to help you make informed decisions.
Secure The Best Interests Of Your Children
If you believe that a modification or change to your existing custody arrangement is necessary, don’t hesitate to seek our guidance at Ward & Myers LLP. Contact us today at 432-315-0335 or use our online form to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward securing the best interests of your children.