On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Changes to a child custody order may sometimes be needed. This blog recently looked at how child custody is determined in Missouri but another important topic for many parents is how a child custody order may be changed.
Post-divorce modifications may be needed related to child custody, child visitation, child support and alimony. Because of how significant these issues are in the lives of divorced parents, it is helpful to at least understand when a modification may be possible. In general, it may be possible to obtain a post-divorce modification based on a significant change in circumstances that is expected to be permanent.
Families grow and change following a divorce, as do children, which is why a post-divorce modification may be needed. A parent may bring a request to the court for a modification and the other parent may oppose it if they do not want to modification to be granted. Modification requests may be related to parental relocation and many important concerns will come into play.
It is always important to abide by the existing order until any change is made no matter what type of modification is being requested. In addition, parents are always encouraged to work together; the family law court is also available as an important resource to help them sort out their differences, ensure any agreement is fair and that the best interests of the child are achieved by the agreement. Since child custody is such an important matter, it may be wise to contact an attorney to answer any questions you may have.