Modification of Child Custody
Are You Looking To Make Changes To Your Arrangement?
Ensuring that your children are in the best situation following a divorce is the main focus driving a judge’s decision – “the best interest of the children” is written throughout Ohio laws. As your life continues to shift following your divorce, it may be in your children’s best interest to go back and modify your child custody agreement. Whether you need to change this because you or your ex-spouse moved, you or your ex-spouse’s financial situation changed, you or your spouse’s marital situation changed, or anything else, a good lawyer will be able to help you modify your agreement to best suit your and your children’s needs.
As time goes by and circumstances change, you may find yourself in a position where you need or want to modify your child custody agreement to better remain in your children’s lives. Our Columbus child custody lawyers at the Grossman Law offices have dedicated their careers to working with families and individuals to ensure that our clients secure the legal outcome they need. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you and begin planning out you next steps.
How Can I Modify My Child Custody Agreement?
No matter the situation, the most important factor the courts consider when modifying an existing agreement is the wellbeing of any children involved. Under Ohio Revised Code 3109.04,
The court shall not modify a prior decree allocating parental rights and responsibilities for the care of children unless it finds, based on facts that have arisen since the prior decree or that were unknown to the court at the time of the prior decree, that a change has occurred in the circumstances of the child, the child's residential parent, or either of the parents subject to a shared parenting decree, and that the modification is necessary to serve the best interest of the child. In applying these standards, the court shall retain the residential parent designated by the prior decree or the prior shared parenting decree, unless a modification is in the best interest of the child and one of the following applies:
(i) The residential parent agrees to a change in the residential parent or both parents under a shared parenting decree agree to a change in the designation of residential parent.
(ii) The child, with the consent of the residential parent or of both parents under a shared parenting decree, has been integrated into the family of the person seeking to become the residential parent.
(iii) The harm likely to be caused by a change of environment is outweighed by the advantages of the change of environment to the child.
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Hire An Attorney You Can Rely On
If you are looking to modify your child custody agreement, hiring the right legal assistance can make all of the difference. At the Grossman Law Offices, our Columbus child custody attorneys have decades of experience in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and will put that knowledge to good use crafting a plan of action that best suits your and your family’s needs. Send us the details of your situation through our online form today, or call us at (614) 344-4311 to begin discussing the steps you need to take with a member of our firm.