Sometimes, and for all sorts of reasons, personal relationships fail and parents split-up. Married or not, the loss of the relationship is only one consequence the parents have to deal with. There’s also the all-important question about what happens to their children.
Decisions on child custody and visitation are often the most difficult, and most important, part of any breakup. So, while it’s a good idea for the parents to talk to their lawyers about protecting their and their child’s interests, it’s also a good idea to understand some of the terms and issues you’ll come across when making custody and visitation decisions.
One of the most challenging issues divorced or separated parents must deal with is making child custody and visitation arrangements. The court system usually bases a decision on the “child’s or children’s best interests” when deciding child visitation arrangements.
Child Custody & Child Visitation may be changed or modified by the Court if either party is able to successfully demonstrate that a change in circumstances has occurred that justifies revisiting these orders or agreements. Change in circumstances may include parental relocation, substance abuse issues, proof that physical abuse is taking place, or that a modification is in the best interests of the children.
There may be a time after your initial court order when circumstances have significantly changed. Perhaps one parent is not following the court’s order, wishes to relocate or has lost a job. In these situations, you may need to seek a custody modification or enforcement of your agreement. Speak to the Perlmutter Law Firm by phone or email us to set up a consultation.