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 by 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
family law attorneys about your situation.
Contact us at (713) 936-2300 or fill out our otnline form to schedule an initial
case review today.
The Circumstances of Modifications
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
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.