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When can you modify child custody orders in California?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2023 | Child Custody

There is a reason child custody orders are not permanent. A substantial change in the child’s or parent’s life in the future may warrant a revision of the existing order, which is why the law allows modifications.

Therefore, with sufficient reasons, a court can modify the present custody order to suit the prevailing circumstances. Here is what you need to know.

Reasons a court may modify a custody order

A family court judge may modify an earlier court order if there have been major developments since it was issued. For instance, if your co-parent may no longer be able to care for the child due to illness, addiction or incineration, you can seek to modify the custody order. Abusive behavior by a parent and a relocation to an unsuitable environment may also be valid grounds.

Remember, custody orders are based on the children’s best interests, and the court will likely grant your request if changes in a parent’s life affect the children’s well-being.

Evidence is key when modifying custody orders

It is necessary to have evidence when filing a child custody modification petition. You must show the court that the current custody agreement is not serving the children’s interests for a successful petition. Evidence may include communication records or correspondence with your ex, police reports, witness testimonies and even statements from the children.

Get help in building your case

Do not gamble with the welfare of your children. If you think it’s time to revise the custody arrangement due to recent developments, do not wait until it’s too late. After all, everything can return to normal if the situation improves.

It is best to seek the appropriate guidance on what you need to do in anticipation of a modification hearing to increase the chances of things going your way.