Houston Child Custody Modifications

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The court will do its best to decide child custody based on the ideal circumstances for your child; however, changes in life circumstances might demand a change in your child custody arrangement. For example, if you are hired at a company that requires you to work different hours, you might not be able to pick up your child after school. In cases like this, modifying your child custody is necessary. Talk to one of our skilled Houston family law attorneys about your situation.

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Circumstances of Modification

Texas law requires parents to have a substantial reason for modifying an existing child custody order. The court will approve the change if it is in the best interests of the child and if it meets the following criteria:

  • The circumstances of the child or parent have materially or substantially changed since the original order was issued
  • The child is at least 12 years old and has told the court that he or she wants the change
  • The custodial parent has voluntarily given the child’s care and custody to another person

Remarriage, the development of a serious medical condition, or criminal convictions are all substantial reasons to be able to change your child custody orders.

Timing of the Motion

If you wish to file a motion to modify a child custody order within one year after the order was made, you also need to submit an affidavit to the court. This affidavit must include at least one of the following allegation in addition to the facts that support your contention:

  • The child’s current environment may endanger his or her physical or emotional health
  • The custodial parent is seeking modification, and the change would be in the child’s best interests
  • The custodial parent has voluntarily given up the custody of the child, and the modification is in the child’s best interests

Talk to Our Skilled Houston Attorney

If you’re unsure whether or not you might qualify for a modification, don’t hesitate to give us a call. The attorneys at the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny are familiar with many types of family law matters and can help you navigate the complexities of your case. Let us review your case to gain an in-depth understanding of your goals, so we can work together to build an effective plan of actions. We have more than 30 years of experience to offer you case.

Talk to us about your situation today. Call us at (713) 936-2300 or fill out our online form for your initial case consultation.

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