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A change in circumstances may spark a need for modifications

Making the decision to divorce can be a harrowing process, especially if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have children together. Even if you feel that dissolving your marriage is the best path for everyone involved, you may still have concerns over how the situation might affect the kids.

As you attempt to negotiate a parenting plan, you likely considered it imperative to cover all the necessary topics. However, it can be difficult to predict all that your future will hold, and there may come a time when you feel it might be necessary to make changes to the original arrangement.

Seeking modifications to a child custody agreement

There could be a variety of scenarios in which you wish to pursue changes to your custody agreement. However, the court may only agree to modify the arrangement under certain circumstances, some of which may include:

  • Need for relocation: There are a multitude of circumstances that can leave you facing the need to move to another location, such as a change of employment. This need to relocate could in turn prompt a need to revisit your current custody arrangement.
  • Best interests of the kids: In some cases, changes to the current parenting plan could be in the best interests of the children, and courts consider the needs of your kids to be of the utmost importance.
  • Safety as a concern: If you have concerns for the safety of your kids or believe that the current arrangement is placing them in harm's way, you may also have grounds to pursue the necessary modifications.
  • Violation of rights: Modifications may also become necessary should the other parent constantly refuses to comply with the terms of your parenting plan.

The death of a parent is another scenario in which it may become necessary to modify a parenting plan. While these situations may spark a need to revisit the original agreement, such matters may still be hotly contestable, and it might be in your best interests to seek guidance prior to pursuing any changes.

Assistance in the process

A change in circumstances can prompt a need to alter your parenting plan, but the process of pursuing modifications can be exceedingly complex. Fortunately, you don't have to go through this alone, and you could find it helpful to speak with someone who is knowledgeable in Illinois state child custody laws for advice. By obtaining guidance early on, you could gain a better understanding of how to pursue the required changes through the necessary channels while protecting the needs of your kids in the process.

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