Columbus Child Custody Modification Lawyer

Are You Looking To Make Changes To Your Child Custody Arrangement?

“The best interest of the children” is written throughout Ohio laws and is the main focus driving a judge’s decision in every divorce case. As your life continues to shift following divorce, it may be in your children’s best interest to modify your child custody agreement. Often, parents will choose to modify an agreement if the following circumstances exist:

  • A parent moved
  • A parent’s financial situation changed
  • A parent’s marital situation changed

Regardless of what your reasons may be, a good lawyer will be able to help you modify your agreement to best suit your and your children’s needs.

Send us a message through our online form to tell us your side of the story by calling our Columbus child custody lawyer today.

How Can I Modify My Child Custody Agreement?

To begin, it is important to remember that under Ohio Revised Code 3109.04, the court will not modify a prior child custody agreement 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 following:

  • The circumstances of the child
  • The child's residential parent
  • Either of the parents subject to a shared parenting decree and 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The advantages of the change of environment to the child outweigh the harm likely to be caused by the change of environment.

Is it Important to Hire a Lawyer if I Wish to Modify the Child Custody Decree?

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, or call us at (614) 344-4311 to begin discussing the steps you need to take with a member of our team.