Child Custody Modification Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
A number of circumstances can make existing child custody arrangements undesirable or unworkable. When such conditions exist, it is important for parents to go through the proper legal channels to seek child custody modification.
At Kallen Law Firm, our family law attorneys have more than 20 years of experience helping people throughout the St. Louis area with sensitive child custody modifications. We can help you pursue legal orders that reflect today's reality, not yesterday's.
Reasons for Child Custody Modification
Life changes, and sometimes it is through no fault of either parent or child. However, when circumstances change, a child custody modification is often needed to adjust the pre-existing order and set up more appropriate guidelines for custody and visitation.
Changes to Job or Income
In some cases, one parent may experience a significant change in income. This might make current visitation unworkable, or it could negatively impact a parent's ability to continue caring adequately for the children. In these situations, a child custody modification is one option for helping to ensure that the best interest of the child is met.
Additionally, if a parent's schedule or job status changes, the current visitation schedule may no longer be possible. If this happens, a child custody modification could help to rearrange the visitation and custody schedules to make it easier to facilitate visitation.
If one parent wishes to move outside of the local commuting area, a child custody modification will usually be required. In addition to determining whether relocation is permitted, new schedules for visitation will need to be established to ensure that both parents are able to maintain a relationship with the child.
If one parent remarries, this can be a reason to pursue a child custody modification. To determine if modification of child custody is necessary, the parents should consider if and how the remarriage affects the children.
Disability or Illness
If a parent becomes disabled or suffers from a long-term illness, a child custody modification might be necessary in order to ensure that the children are properly cared for. A parent who is disabled but still able to care for the children may need additional help to facilitate visitation, and a parent who is disabled in a way that makes it difficult to care for the children may need a child custody modification to accommodate his or her new circumstances.
If the child is disabled or stricken with a chronic illness, it is important that both the custodial parent and the parent with visitation have homes that are suited for and adapted for the needs of their child. Additionally, if the child requires frequent medical care, special diets, or develops any other special needs, both parents may need a child custody modification in order to ensure those needs are met at all times.
Abuse or Neglect
Obviously, if one parent has been abusive or neglectful to the child, the other parent will want a child custody modification to limit access to the abusive parent. If this has happened to your child, contact us immediate to request a child custody modification.
Changes in the Child
As children age, they may wish to spend more time with one parent, and this could justify seeking a child custody modification. Additionally, the child's needs may change as they age, making one home or the other more suitable.
Why You Need to Call an Attorney for Child Custody Modification
Child custody is one area of family law that is often passionately contested. If you need to change your custody or visitation arrangements, you should seek a child custody modification whether or not the other parent agrees with the changes requested so that the court will be aware of the changes in your child's situation. This way, if the other parent changes their mind later you are protected by the legal arrangement.
Child Abuse & Child Custody Modification
If your child is being abused or neglected by the other parent (or by someone the other parent is allowing to have access to your child), but your custody order grants the other parent the right to have custody or visitation with your child, you should contact a Missouri child custody attorney as well as the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services. A social worker will usually investigate the case and will frequently ban visitation with the suspected abuser until the investigation is complete. During that time your attorney can file a request for child custody modification. If you have any questions about how to keep your child safe, please contact us immediately.
Learn More About Child Custody Modification in Missouri
If you need help with child custody modification, we are here to help you explore your legal options. In the St. Louis area, contact us online or by telephone at 314-880-2170 to schedule a free initial consultation.