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The Well-Being of Your Child Guides Court Decisions About Custody Changes

On Behalf of | May 17, 2020 | Child Custody and Visitation

Are you seeking changes to existing temporary or permanent child custody orders?  The well-being of your child guides Court decisions about custody changes in all California cases.

Reasons can arise in the lives of parents in California which require them to seek court approval of a new child custody agreement. When evaluating modification requests, a judge will give the most consideration to the needs and best interests of the child(ren) instead of the convenience of the parents.

For example, a judge will almost always consider altering an existing custody schedule if the Court is convinced of immediate dangers to a child. A parent asking to remove a child from a custodial parent will need to show that domestic violence is occurring or that other types of threats such as addiction or criminal activity pose a danger to the child. The judge could also consider a child’s desire to leave a threatening environment.

Parental relocation presents another scenario when child custody might need to be adjusted. In this situation, a judge will review the parent’s reason for moving and how to protect the remaining parent’s rights and the child’s ability to maintain consistent quality time with that parent in the future.

Interruption of the child’s routine which includes friendships, athletics and schooling as well as the support of family could also factor into a judge’s decision. A parent’s unwillingness or inability to fulfill a custody agreement may lead a court to approve a new arrangement as well.

The well-being of your child guides Court decisions about custody changes in all California cases. When a person needs to get a divorce or change an established custody or visitation schedule, they should seek guidance from an experienced and skilled family law lawyer.

The Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq can analyze your unique situation and provide sound counsel.  If you have not been able to come to terms with the other parent about changes in child custody we invite you to learn more and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment.