As a parent, it's only natural to want what's best for your child. But sometimes, circumstances change, and the custody arrangement that was once in their best interest may no longer be suitable. Fortunately, Texas law allows parents to modify custody orders under certain circumstances. In this blog, we'll discuss the steps involved in modifying custody orders and provide useful tips to help you navigate the process.
Step 1: Determine if you're eligible to modify custody orders
Before you can modify custody orders, you need to determine if you're eligible to do so. In Texas, you can modify custody orders if there has been a significant change in circumstances since the last order was entered, and the modification is in the child's best interest. Examples of significant changes in circumstances include:
- Relocation of one parent
- A change in the child's needs or medical condition
- A parent's remarriage or cohabitation with a new partner
- A parent's substance abuse or criminal activity
Step 2: File a petition to modify custody orders
Once you've determined that you're eligible to modify custody orders, the next step is to file a petition with the court. The petition should include:
- A statement of the change in circumstances that justifies the modification
- A proposed modification of the custody order
- An explanation of how the proposed modification is in the child's best interest
Step 3: Attend a hearing
After you file the petition, the court will schedule a hearing to determine if the modification is in the child's best interest. At the hearing, you'll have the opportunity to present evidence and testimony to support your case. It's important to be prepared and organized for the hearing, as it can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
Step 4: Obtain a modified custody order
If the court determines that the modification is in the child's best interest, it will enter a modified custody order. The modified custody order will outline the new custody arrangement and any other changes to the original order.
Tips for modifying custody orders in Texas
- Consult with an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights are protected.
- Be prepared to provide evidence and testimony to support your case at the hearing.
- Keep the child's best interest in mind throughout the process.
- Be willing to negotiate and compromise with the other parent to reach a mutually beneficial solution.
In conclusion, modifying custody orders can be a complex and emotional process, but it's often necessary to ensure that your child's best interests are served. At Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, we have extensive experience helping parents navigate the legal system and obtain favorable outcomes in custody modification cases. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.