What are some of the reasons to modify existing child custody and parenting time orders in San Diego? What is the process for seeking changes both normally and as we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19?
There are many events, circumstances and life developments which can require the parties to modify existing child custody and parenting time orders in San Diego. We need look no farther than the impact of COVID-19 on those who are co-parenting their children. The on and off closure of schools, remote learning and associated lack of supervision for working parents has made life exceptionally difficult.
Can child custody or parenting time orders be changed? What are some of the additional reasons (outside of the pandemic) to modify existing child custody and parenting time orders in San Diego?
The answer to the first question here is ‘yes, it possible to make minor adjustments or substantial changes to existing child custody or parenting time orders.’
The answer to the second question above is ‘Many events in or changes in the lives of either or both co-parents.”
For example, it may be necessary for one of the co-parents to move away or relocate to find work or to bring the child(ren) closer to a support network of family and friends. The development or worsening of issues such as alcohol or drug abuse, physical or emotional abuse or neglect may also justify modifying child custody and parenting time orders in San Diego.
One of the co-parents may be impacted by the loss of a job, an accident which limits their ability to parent or a health challenge.
In other cases, violation of existing court orders, preventing the other parent from seeing their child(ren) , interrupting parenting time, parental alienation and other harmful behaviors warrant a change in orders.
What is the process to modify existing child custody and parenting time orders in San Diego? If the co-parents are able to reach a modification agreement it can be simply submitted to the Court for approval. The experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq understand that these issues are often quite emotional and complex. We are often able to help negotiate and draft a modification request. Mediation is another effective tool to consider if you need to change existing orders.