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Modifying Child Custody Agreements
A motion, or request, conducted after the rendering of a judgment is known as a post-judgment, or post-trial motion. In family law modification requests are usually made to alter child custody, child support and alimony judgments. If you are a parent who wants to request that your child custody arrangement be modified, you should take a look at the ways that they may be altered, as well as reasons that courts will consider plausible before granting a change in custody.
There are two ways a child custody agreement may be altered:
Under only certain circumstances may child custody arrangements be modified. Although child custody laws vary state by state, courts always consider stability and what is in a child's best interest when considering changes in child custody agreements. Typically, significant changes had to have occurred in the lives of any of the parties involved. Such changes can include:
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a family law trial or wish to modify your child custody arrangements it is important that you immediately speak with an attorney.
Joint or sole custody may be awarded based on the best interests of the child and other factors that include 1) the preference of the child, 2) the desire and ability of each parent to allow an open and loving relationship between the child and the other parent, 3) the child's health, safety and welfare, the nature and contact with both parents and 4) the history of alcohol and drug use. Marital misconduct may be considered.
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