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When to amend a child custody agreement

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2021 | Child Custody

The well-being of the children is primarily the number one concern of most parents in Kansas who separate or divorce. Parents often work together to come to a child custody agreement that works best for both parents and kids in their new situations. As children grow and circumstances change, the custody arrangement may also need to be amended to address the changes. Here are a few reasons why and when a child custody agreement may need to be changed.

The main reasons for change

The biggest reason parents may need to change an existing child custody arrangement is when the arrangement no longer fits the needs of the children, which is usually due to a permanent or major change in circumstances. For example, a parent may need to move for a new job, so the current arrangement of alternating weeks between parents would no longer be feasible. The situation could also be something as simple as adjusting a visitation schedule that worked perfectly when the child was elementary-aged but no longer suits the needs of a teenager.

Changing an existing arrangement

So, one or both parents have determined that the current arrangement is no longer suitable or ideal for the children. Next, the parent(s) will need to show the court that amending or changing the current arrangement is necessary for the well-being of the child or children. Parents will need to clearly explain to the court why the changes are needed and also provide documentation that details the changes in circumstances.

Getting a current child custody arrangement changed can get complicated. Navigating the court process is often overwhelming for parents in this situation. This is why it is extremely helpful to consult with a seasoned legal representative. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide legal guidance, help parents through the process and present a clear case to the court.

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