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Parents can get child custody modifications

Throughout Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, many parents are never married, separated or divorced. Correspondingly, they need to have child custody arrangements. Since their circumstances may change over time, parents who start out with one arrangement may need to pursue a modification in court at a later time. While courts are said to be reluctant to change child custody arrangements for frivolous reasons when those arrangements are going well, there are reasons why courts will consider making changes.

A key one, of course, is the children being in danger. If you genuinely believe that to be the case, don't hesitate to act to protect them. Danger may come in the form of actions by one parent, or of inactions, such as failing to keep children away from hot stoves or out of the street. It can also come from another adult who is spending time at that parent's residence, such as a short-term or even long-term new partner. Talk with your child and understand their experiences.

Courts are also open to making child custody modifications if one parent is going to relocate. The prospect of the children commuting between distant parental residences will affect how much time they can spend with each parent on a regular basis, since it would not be reasonable for them to spend an inordinate amount of time commuting every day. After all, that would disrupt the children's education, activities and friendships.

If a parent's employment changes, that will affect the days and hours that he or she is available to spend with the children. In that case, the reconfiguration of parenting time may be relatively simple, and something that the parents can put together by themselves. It is a good idea for the parents to agree on a plan if they can maturely set aside their differences and focus on the best interests of their children. When they do, they can bring their reconfigured plan to the court for approval.

Source: The Balance, "5 Reasons to Request Child Custody Modification," Debrina Washington, accessed Sep. 28, 2017

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