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When can a custody order be changed?

As a Dallas divorce and child custody attorney, I often receive questions about when a custody order can be changed. While there are many reasons that a child custody order may be modified, it is important to remember that any requested change must be in the best interest of the child.

There are three broad categories of circumstances that may warrant a change in a child custody order. The first is a material change in the circumstances of either the parent or the child. This could include a significant change in job or living situation, or any other factor that may impact the ability to care for the child.

The second category is when a child who is at least 12 years old expresses their preference to the judge regarding which parent they would like to live with. It is important to note that the judge will consider the child’s preference, but it is not the only factor in determining the custody arrangement.

The third category is when the custodial parent has left the child to live with someone else for at least six months. In this case, the other parent may request a modification to the custody order.

It is important to keep in mind that these are just general guidelines and every case is unique. If you are considering requesting a change to your child custody order, it is always best to speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. At The Blacknall Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complex process of divorce and child custody. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please visit our website or give us a call.


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