Texan parents who have gotten a divorce understand that child custody is one of the toughest parts to handle. While custody arrangements may seem set in stone, that isn’t always the case. There are certain situations in which a child custody order can be modified.
Verywell Family looks at some of the reasons to request a child custody modification. The top reason a court will reconsider is if the child is endangered in their current environment. They will examine how the child feels about the situation, whether or not they’re in immediate danger, and what sort of danger they could be in. A common example is if there is domestic violence in the household.
Another reason to request modification is if a parent has relocated. This could be for any number of reasons, including military moving, getting a job on the other side of the country or abroad, or even going to jail. Arrangements may be modified if one parent isn’t sticking to them, too. Finally, custody can be rearranged if one parent has passed away.
According to FindLaw, there are two different primary ways to modify a custody arrangement. One is by agreement, and the other is by hearing. Essentially, if both parents agree to a child custody change, courts will usually sign off on it. If they disagree, however, they will have to take it to court. Evidence of the changes must be presented, and it’s possible that mediation will be necessary.
Regardless of the options, it’s good to know that modification is available in some situations. This opens up new opportunities for parents who are feeling stalled with their current arrangements.