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Can a child custody arrangement be modified?

Parents who are unhappy with their child custody arrangement may wonder if it if it can be modified or changed. For that reason, parents interested in modifying child custody should be familiar with when and how it may be modified and what steps to take if they want to request a child custody modification.

Child custody modifications

Child custody modifications may be made based on an agreement between the parents or a significant change in circumstances. If the parents agree to the child custody modification, it is referred to as uncontested. If one of the parents does not agree to the child custody modification, it is considered contested.

If one parent is served with the modification suit forms and fails to respond, the child custody arrangement can be modified by default. When the child custody modification is agreed to, both parents will need to sign the modification suit forms. Either parent can request that child custody be modified through a modification case.

When a child custody modification suit is contested, it will receive a hearing before the family law court to make a determination whether or not to approve the requested modification to an existing child custody order. Child custody modifications may be made based on a significant change in circumstances and what is in the best interests of the child. Because child custody is important for both the child and the parents, it is helpful to know when it may be modified if the need arises and what the required process is for requesting a child custody modification.

 

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