On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
While divorce is a challenging process for all involved, it can be especially difficult to bear for children. Such dramatic changes so early in life can leave lasting repercussions on a child’s development. For that reason, Florida courts do everything in their power to make the process as beneficial to children as possible. Divorcing parents are usually forced to follow the initial court orders for custody and support. However, child custody and child support are not unmodifiable and certain situations absolutely call for change.
If you believe that there is a situation that warrants a modification to the terms of your child custody or child support, know that there is hope. The following list contains five legitimate reasons that can warrant modifications to your child custody or support terms.
Your Child is in Danger
Florida courts make their decisions with children’s best interest in mind. If you believe the current terms are forcing the child to be exposed to immediate danger, you have a legitimate cause for custody modifications. Whatever the circumstance may be, no child should be placed at risk to uphold a custody agreement.
A Remarriage Has Occurred
When a remarriage has occurred after the custody or support terms were set, a modification to either may be warranted. If you believe a recent remarriage has negatively affected your child’s support or custody arrangements, you may want to consider contacting an attorney.
A Relocation Has Occurred
Your child likely experienced the relocation of one of their parents after the divorce. Exposing a child to another relocation could have even more lasting effects. For that reason, the relocation of one of the parents warrants modifications to both child custody and support.
Visitations are Continually Missed
Although there could be many factors outside of the child to explain missed visitations, the chances are high that the child will feel personally responsible if they are continually missed. If this is something you have been experiencing, you may want to contact an attorney about making modifications to the custody or support terms.
A Change in Employment
The employment status of both parents is often taken into account while deciding custody or support terms. A sudden change in employment status can have serious repercussions on a child’s quality of life. These repercussions make a change in employment status a viable reason for custody or support modifications.
Taking the Next Step
No one should have to watch their child suffer from child support or custody arrangements that are failing. Whether it is continually missed visitations or a remarriage, action should be taken if you believe you’re agreed upon support or custody terms need to be modified. Unfortunately, the opposing side is likely to fight against changes that could potentially hurt them, and going through the process alone is ill-advised.
For that reason, you should contact a Fort Lauderdale child custody lawyer. At The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., our lawyers have the experience to fight for your child’s best interest. To contact us today, click this link or give us a call at 954-533-2756.