There are numerous important factors to be settled during a divorce. Arguably, the most crucial aspect to get right is child custody. In some cases, both parents are able to reach an agreement that is suitable for everyone. As long as the court signs off on this, then it becomes legally binding. When parents cannot agree, the court will reach a decision based on the child’s best interests.
Life, however, rarely remains static, and neither to the needs of your children. There may come a time when a child custody order needs to be modified. Under what circumstances will the family court consider approving child custody modifications?
If your child is being weaponized
Many co-parents manage to make a success out of their post-divorce situation. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Your co-parent may be bitter about the past, or about how the divorce was settled. They may view turning your child against you as a form of punishment.
For instance, they might say that the divorce was your fault and you’ve chosen to abandon the family. It’s vital that you address this promptly, as parental alienation can be very damaging to both you and the child. In some cases, the courts may have to step in and adjust the custody order so that malicious behavior comes to an end.
When one parent is struggling
As stated, the best interests of the child are at the center of all custody rulings. If it becomes apparent sometime after the divorce has concluded that a parent is struggling to look after the child, custody may need to be adjusted.
This is especially the case if one parent has turned to alcohol and drugs and is subsequently managing addiction or serious mental health issues are a concern.
Custody orders are legally binding but the court may approve adjustments should they be necessary for the well-being of the child. Before taking your next steps, it may benefit you to seek legal guidance so that you can get a clearer idea of your options.