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Child custody agreements aren't necessarily set in stone

Going through a divorce may rarely be easy, especially if you and your former spouse have kids together. Since you likely consider the well-being of your children to be an essential part of life, chances are, reaching an acceptable parenting plan was probably one of your top priorities.

You and the other parent might have been able to reach a parenting schedule that was beneficial to all parties involved at the time. However, life is full of surprises, and an unexpected change in circumstances could leave you in pursuit of a modification to your existing arrangement.

Knowing when to pursue the necessary modifications

The terms you agreed upon in child custody negotiations aren't necessarily set in stone. However, outside of coming to an arrangement with the other parent, your custody agreement isn't something you can change on a whim. Some circumstances where the court may consider modifying a custody order could include the following:

  • Best interests of child: Courts generally consider the best interests of the child to be of the utmost importance, and if the change is in keeping with this standard, modifications could be necessary.
  • Parental relocation: If circumstances in life force you to relocate, the court will take a variety of factors into consideration when determining if modifications are necessary, such as the motivation behind the move and how it will impact the current arrangement.
  • Safety as a concern: In situations where your child's safety is a concern, the court may step in and make the necessary adjustments to protect his or her well-being.
  • Upholding terms: The court may also consider modifying your custody order if the other parent constantly refuses to uphold the terms of the original agreement.

Even if a change is needed, pursuing modifications to a child custody order can be exceedingly complex. Before entering the process, you might find it beneficial to consult with someone with intricate knowledge in Illinois state child custody laws for guidance.

Navigating the process

While your change in circumstances may have been unavoidable, or even necessary, you probably don't want it to disrupt your ability to spend time with your children. For advice on how to pursue the necessary changes and what to expect from the process, it might be in your best interests to speak with someone with experience in this area. Obtaining advice early on could help you prepare to pursue the required modifications and help you adjust to your recent change in circumstances with peace of mind.

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