Common Reasons for Custody Modifications in Utah
The original terms of an arrangement regarding child custody after a divorce can be modified for several reasons. The following are among the more common:
Lack of Cooperation
When courts grant primary custody to a parent, while allowing the other parent to be involved in the life of their children to a reasonable degree, they typically do so with the expectation that the custodial parent will abide by the terms of the agreement.
This does not always happen. Some parents are bitter, hostile, or otherwise unwilling to allow the noncustodial parent to contribute to a child’s upbringing. It may thus be possible to modify the terms of a custody arrangement if a parent is being uncooperative.
A custodial parent may one day plan on moving and taking their children with them after a divorce. If their new home is to be relatively far from their current home, this can interfere with the noncustodial parent’s ability to see their children or be involved in their lives based on the established custody agreement.
Depending on the circumstances, it’s also possible a move will in some manner have a negative impact on a child’s development or overall wellbeing. Although there’s no way to guarantee a court will modify a custody arrangement when a custodial parent is moving and the noncustodial parent requests a modification accordingly, the odds of convincing a judge to modify an existing arrangement will be greater if the noncustodial parent has assistance from a qualified attorney.
The Changing Needs of a Child
A child’s needs change fairly quickly when compared to the needs of an adult. Children develop at a fast rate. While the terms of a custody agreement may be ideal for a child when they are a baby, by the time they are a teenager, the living arrangement that’s best for them can be substantially different.
This is another factor courts may account for when a parent petitions for custody modifications. Additionally, when a child reaches a certain age, they may express their own desire for a current agreement to be modified. A judge might listen to a child and genuinely consider their feelings on the subject if it’s clear a child has reached a certain level of maturity.
Get in Touch with a Holladay Custody Modifications Attorney Today
Although it’s possible to modify the terms of a custody agreement, the process is nevertheless complex if you try to navigate it yourself. If you plan on asking the court for such modifications, contact Holladay custody modifications lawyer Emy Cordano to schedule your free case evaluation today.