Things change every day in life, we all know that. Sometimes a child custody arrangement may work well, but a serious life change may occur and cause that once great arrangement to not be so great anymore. That’s where our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks come in. Our Mid-MO law firm specializes in Divorce, including high-asset divorces, Child custody and visitation, Child support, and so much more. If you feel very strongly that your child custody arrangement needs to be changed, give Deputy and Mizell a call today for your free consultation. Our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.DeputyandMizell.com. In the meantime, keep reading for a few legal tips for modifying your child custody arrangement.
Legal Tips for Modifying Child Custody Arrangements
Know WHEN you can legally make a change.
It’s important to realize that you can’t just make a change to your child custody arrangement whenever you feel like. Certain states require one of the following two things to be present:
- The change must be in the best interest of the child.
- A substantial change in circumstances must be present that requires a change in the custody arrangement.
Be aware of what constitutes a substantial change in circumstances.
Examples of substantial changes in circumstances can include but are not limited to:
- Financial hardships
- Physical or mental health issues
- One parent deliberately trying to keep the child from the other
- The change in the quality of living arrangement provided to the child
- Participation in the child’s life
The change has to be of a permanent or substantial nature. Temporary changes won’t count here.
Take your desires out of the equation and focus on what’s best for your child.
In any legal case involving children, the court is looking to rule in the best interest of children, not the best interest of the parents. It’s important to keep this in mind every step of the way, you have to completely remove any selfishness you may have and do what’s best for your little one.
Divorce is typically hard for everyone but when children are involved it can be that much harder. Our Lake of the Ozarks divorce lawyers understand that and we are here for you. We hope you felt enlightened by reading these legal tips of modifying your child custody arrangement, but you can only get so far on your own. Give us a call for your free consultation. Even if you are just thinking about the possibility of changing your custody arrangement, you can ask us any questions you may have and at the very least figure out if this is a realistic option for you. Then, if you feel like you need to take further action, we can help you with that too. Call Deputy and Mizell today!
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