Child custody arrangements can be complex, and as time passes, it’s possible for the existing order to no longer be practical or in the best interest of the child. When this happens, a parent may need to modify the custody order in Texas.
Reasons for seeking a custody order modification
Here are some reasons why a parent may seek a modification:
- Relocation: One of the most common reasons for seeking a custody order modification is when one parent moves out of state or a considerable distance away from the child’s current residence. This could make it difficult to follow the existing custody arrangement, and a modification may be necessary.
- Changes in the child’s needs: Children’s needs can change as they grow older. For instance, a child may require special medical attention, or their school schedule may change. As a result, the existing custody arrangement may no longer be in their best interest, and a modification may be necessary.
- Safety concerns: In some cases, one parent may have concerns about the safety and well-being of the child with the current custody arrangement. This could be due to the other parent’s substance abuse, neglect, or involvement in illegal activities.
- Parental agreement: Sometimes, both parents may agree that a modification is necessary to better suit the child’s needs. This could include changes to the visitation schedule, or a modification of the decision-making responsibilities.
The process of modifying a custody order
Whatever the reason, the modification of a custody order must be in the best interest of the child. To request a modification, a parent will need to file a petition with the court and attend a hearing where the judge will review the evidence and make a decision.
Contact The Blacknall Firm for representation
If you’re seeking to modify a custody order in Texas, it’s important to have the right legal representation. At The Blacknall Firm, we have experience helping parents navigate the complex process of modifying custody orders. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.