Can we modify our child custody arrangement?
When a child custody arrangement is made, it is made for the circumstances that exist at the time of the arrangement’s creation. The court generally understands that people’s lives change and sometimes the custody arrangement may need to be updated to fit the new circumstances. In order to make a change in a custody agreement, you must request that the court allows you to update it. This is even true when the custody arrangement was made in mediation and not in court.
In order to obtain a change in child custody, there are many steps that need to be taken. First, one of the parents may contact the other parent to determine whether or not they are interested in making a change. The only way to legally change the custody agreement is through the court, even if the parents have verbally agreed on the arrangement. When the issue is taken into court, you must display your reasoning to the court. You must prove to the judge that you have a major change in life circumstance and can no longer abide by the current custody arrangement.
If you are concerned about your inability to abide by your current custody arrangement, you should speak with an experienced divorce and family attorney who can assist you.
The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation.