Murfreesboro Child Custody Modification Attorneys
Protecting Your Best Interests When Circumstances Change
After a final custody agreement has been entered with the court, there are many reasons why you may later decide the agreement should be modified. The need to update or modify a custody agreement is especially common in cases where the custody agreement is set in place when the children are very young. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to modify your child custody agreement in Tennessee. The Murfreesboro child custody attorneys at Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law have more than 40 years of combined experience handling divorce and family law cases, including child custody modifications.
When is it Necessary to Modify a Child Custody Agreement?
Judges understand that in some circumstances, it may be necessary to modify a child custody agreement in order to meet the best interests of the children involved. This is particularly true in cases where the child custody agreement was reached when the children were very young. For example, as children get older, they may participate in more after-school activities, so the custody agreement may need to be modified to change the visitation time periods for the non-custodial parent so that the children can attend afterschool activities and sports, while also not losing out on important quality time with the non-custodial parent.
Another common reason a child custody agreement may need to be modified is when one of the parents moves to an area that makes transportation of the children difficult under the current terms of the agreement. If one parent moves far enough away, it may work better for everyone involved to come up with a different parenting time arrangement, such as more parenting time for the non-custodial parent in the summer so that the move does not disrupt the children’s daily lives.
What if the Other Parent Does Not Agree with My Proposed Modification?
If the parties agree to the modification, they can simply amend or modify the existing agreement to reflect the terms of the new agreement. However, if the other parent does not agree with the modification, the issue may have to be litigated. In order to be successful, the parent seeking the modification must show that there was a material change in circumstances. If the parent meets that threshold, next the court will need to evaluate whether the proposed modification is in the children’s best interests. There are several factors set by Tennessee law that the court considers in making the decision whether or not to modify the current agreement, and if so, how to modify it to suit the best interests of the children.
Contact Our Skilled Murfreesboro Divorce Attorneys if You are Facing Changes in Child Custody Arrangements
Modifying a child custody agreement can be complicated, particularly when parents disagree with the proposed modification. At Dotson and Taylor, Attorneys at Law, we put more than 40 years of combined experience on your side. We offer compassionate advice and staunch advocacy. Contact our Murfreesboro office today by email or calling 615-890-1982 to schedule a confidential consultation.