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Legal representation may be vital for child custody modification

California child custody orders are typically regarded as final. However, it is not uncommon for circumstances to change and necessitate child custody modification. When existing child custody arrangements no longer serve the best interests of the child, it may be time for a family court to reconsider the original child custody order.

Circumstances that may require a revisit to the family court may include one of the following:

  • Remarriage of the custodial parent may involve an abusive stepparent
  • A parent may develop a dependency on drugs or alcohol
  • Incarceration of the custodial parent
  • The child-parent relationship was terminated by a court order.
  • The child has been left in the care of another person, such as a grandparent, for a long period.

Whatever the reason for the application to modify the child custody order, the person seeking custody will have to overcome the presumption that the existing custody order is in the best interest of the child. He or she will have to prove that the physical and emotional well-being of the child is in jeopardy. In addition, the court will have to be convinced that the person applying for custody will offer suitable accommodation and care for the child and act in his or her best interest.

The discretion of the judge will determine whether the child custody order will be modified. It is, therefore, essential to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney who will help you navigate through the complexities of the law. Such a professional will be able to represent the person applying for modified child custody or the parent who has existing custody. For those with unanswered questions about child custody modification in California, a visit to our family law website may provide answers.

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