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When Can I Modify Custody?

modification of child custodyBecause things change overtime, the law allows for modifications to child custody orders. Modifications may be necessary for a variety of reasons, so it is important that you consult with Indianapolis family law attorneys who can assist you with the process and provide you with an opinion as to whether your case qualifies. If you need help with modification of a child custody order, then contact McClure McClure & Davis.

When can you modify custody?
In order to modify a custody order, there must be a substantial change in circumstances that has occurred since the time the previous order was entered. Whether the change qualifies as substantial depends upon the circumstances of your case. The law does not specify exactly what types of events satisfy this criteria, but it must be something that has an effect on the children.

Examples of changes that may qualify include:

  • Relocation of a parent
  • Changes in a parent’s financial status
  • Issues with a parent maintain stability
  • Involvement in criminal activity
  • Change in work schedule
  • Remarriage
  • Wishes of the children

An attorney can visit with you about the details of your case and provide an opinion as to whether your case may be modified.

If the required change in circumstances can be shown, the court must also find that the proposed modification is in the children’s best interest. In making this determination, the court will consider many factors and any information that may be relevant.

Why should you have an attorney help you with a custody modification?
Indianapolis family law attorneys can help ensure that you have enough evidence to justify modification. We can also help ensure that the modification addresses all issues and adequately resolves any concerns. If you need assistance with a custody modification, then contact McClure McClure & Davis.

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