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Family law: Pursuing modifications to a child custody agreement

During divorce, parents in California and elsewhere may find it essential to reach a child custody agreement that is centered on meeting the needs of their children. However, circumstances can change over time, and certain changes could prompt a need to revisit the original parenting plan and make adjustments where necessary. Since the process can be complex, a parent may find it beneficial to speak with a family law attorney for guidance on how to pursue the necessary modifications.

Perhaps one of the most common reasons to pursue changes to a parenting plan is a need to relocate. If two parents cannot reach an agreement concerning the proposed changes, the court will consider a variety of variables when determining if modifications are needed. These can include the reason behind the relocation, how it will affect the current parenting plan, and how it might impact the life of the kids.

A parent may also wish to pursue changes to the parenting plan if the changes are in the best interests of the kids or if there are concerns for their safety. A parent may also wish to pursue changes if the other parent constantly refuses to comply with the terms of the original arrangement. Regardless of the motivation behind the request, the main focus of the court is generally centered on the best interests of the child.

Although seeking to modify a child custody agreement can be an intimidating process, it may also be necessary. For guidance on how best to approach the situation, a parent in California could consider speaking with a family law attorney. An attorney can address the client's circumstances and assist in pursuing the required modifications through the proper outlets.

Source:, "Reasons to Request Child Custody Modification", Debrina Washington, April 6, 2018

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