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If it has been some time since your child custody order was created, your child’s life may look very different. You or your spouse may have changed jobs or moved to a new home, and these changes can make it difficult to continue your previous agreement. Your child may have entered school or started new extracurricular activities. If these significant life changes make your current child custody agreement impractical, it may be time to modify your custody order.
If you and the other parent agree on a custody solution, you can go through a relatively simple process to adjust your agreement.
You and your child’s other parent should revisit your agreement every few years to ensure that it still suits your child’s needs.
When you cannot agree on a new child custody agreement and need court intervention or mediation, you must complete a specific process to modify your child custody agreement.
Some local courts require parents to go through mediation before the court will address their case. Your county clerk or your attorney could help you determine whether this applies to your county.
Whether you can reach an agreement or require mediation or court involvement, modifying a child custody order can help you meet your child’s needs and protect their interests.
We represent clients in Orange County and Southern California in all types of family law matters involving divorce, mediation, property division and issues involving children. Call our Fullerton office at 714-680-9777 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We ensure a 24-hour response to all inquiries.
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