As your children grow up, the custody and parenting time/visitation ordered by the court may no longer work for your family. It is possible to modify the provisions of a custody or parenting time/visitation orders. However, it is important to know the legal standards for modification. The primary grounds for a change of custody include:
- Agreement of the parties;
- Integration (integrated into the family of the petitioner with consent of the other party);
- Endangerment (present environment endangers child’s physical or emotional health); and
- Persistent and willful denial or interference with parenting time.
In addition, the court must find that there has been a change of circumstances of the child or the parties since the prior order and that the modification is necessary to serve the best interests of the child. Generally, it is much easier to modify parenting time/visitation than it is to modify custody. However, if the requested modification would change your child’s primary residence, the court must find, in addition to one of the grounds for changing custody, that there has been a change of circumstances that has arisen since the prior order and that modification is necessary to serve the best interests of the child.
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Because modification of custody or parenting time/visitation is so family specific, Tentinger Law Firm’s emphasis on individually-tailored legal advice becomes even more valuable. Specifically, we adopt a collaborative approach to our clients’ modification of child custody/parenting time cases. We work diligently to ensure that the firm’s knowledge of our client’s case is comprehensive, and we incorporate this detailed knowledge into pleadings and briefs submitted to the court. We regularly communicate with the client while drafting pleadings, thus resulting in custom-made pleadings for each case. This collaborative approach results in meticulously prepared legal documents sensitive to each client’s individual legal needs and goals when it comes to child custody/parenting time modification issues.
Experienced Dakota County Child Custody/Parenting Time Modification Attorneys Working For You
It can be difficult to modify custody or parenting time/visitation, so it is important to have experienced attorneys on your side. At Tentinger Law Firm, we offer more than two decades of experience to families seeking to modify child custody or parenting time/visitation. We can also help you if the other parent wants to modify custody or parenting time/visitation and you do not believe this is appropriate. Contact our law firm today for a free 30-minute consultation to learn how we can address all of your issues regarding custody or parenting time/visitation modification.
Child Custody/Parenting Time Modification Attorneys Serving Throughout Dakota County
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