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6 common reasons to request a child custody modification

When circumstances change significantly, a court may consider modifying an existing child custody arrangement.

There are a number of common reasons for seeking a child custody modification.

1. Changes in parental circumstances

Significant changes in a parent’s life often affect their ability to care for the child. A parent may seek a modification if they lose a job or suffer from an illness. These situations might lead the parent to seek a custody arrangement that better fits their current circumstances and allows them to provide a more stable environment for the child.

2. Child’s best interests

Courts prioritize the child’s well-being when considering custody changes. If the current arrangement negatively impacts the child’s health, safety or education, the court may modify custody to better suit their needs. For example, if a parent’s household environment becomes unsafe, the court could grant custody to the other parent to protect the child.

3. Changes in the child’s wishes

As children grow older, their preferences and needs may change. Courts take these wishes into account, especially if the child is mature enough to express a preference. In some cases, a court may consider modifying custody if the child wants to live primarily with the other parent.

4. Parental alienation

One parent may intentionally or unintentionally undermine the child’s relationship with the other parent through disparaging comments or manipulation. If a court finds credible evidence of this behavior, it may modify the custody arrangement to prevent further alienation and ensure that the child maintains a healthy relationship with both parents.

5. Relocation of a parent

When a parent moves to a different state or city, the current custody arrangement may no longer work well. The court may modify custody to accommodate the new situation. The court assesses the impact of the move on the child’s education, social life and relationship with both parents.

6. Failure to follow the existing custody arrangement

When one parent consistently fails to adhere to the custody order, it disrupts the child’s stability and could lead to conflict between parents. Courts consider a parent’s repeated non-compliance as grounds for modifying the arrangement to protect the child’s best interests.

Modifying child custody involves a thorough assessment of both the parents’ and the child’s situations. Courts prioritize stability and the child’s well-being while ensuring both parents have the opportunity to maintain a strong relationship with their child.