At the conclusion of your divorce in Texas, you may feel pretty satisfied with your child custody arrangement. However, over time, you may feel that the agreement no longer works and you may wish to modify its terms.
Knowing which circumstances create a necessary and believable reason to modify a child custody order can help you gauge whether or not to proceed.
Violence or death
Determining child custody takes time and will require a thorough review of both parents’ abilities to provide for the needs of their children. According to the Texas State Law Library, after divorce, the law automatically assumes both parents will participate in caring for their children. However, this does not mean both of you will necessarily have equal time with your children.
If you have concerns about the safety of your children around your ex, you may petition for a child custody modification. Violence in the home may not only endanger your children but disrupt their health and growth. If your ex unexpectedly passes away, you may also need to petition for a modification so you can get full custody of your children.
Relocation or ignorance
A common reason for requesting a modification to your custody order is that you need to move. If you suffer from an unexpected illness or disability, you may need to move closer to your family for support and assistance. Your career or educational pursuits are other reasons why you may need to relocate.
Child custody arrangements work optimally when both parents comply with the terms of the agreement. If your ex regularly disregards the custody order, you may find yourself picking up the slack and stressing about doing everything alone. If repeated ignorance begins to disrupt your life, you may want to petition the court for a modification so you can get the support you need to raise your children.
Petitioning for a modification to your child custody order will require the assistance of an attorney. Relying on a legal professional to help you establish a legitimate need may improve your chances of a satisfactory outcome.