Custody Modifications

Can child custody be modified?

Absolutely! Whenever a significant change in the child's or the parent's life warrants a different custody arrangement, a request to modify the custody arrangement can be filed.

Speak with an attorney today to discuss changes to your child custody.

Are consultations about child custody free?

Yes, and they always will be. Speak with an attorney today and get the answers you need.

What is the legal definition of "child custody"?

Custody refers to how decisions about the children are made between the parents, during and after the divorce.

Child visitation—who the children live with, and on what days—is a different issue.

Speak with a divorce attorney today to discuss your child custody questions.

What is Joint Custody?

Joint Custody is where parents share decision-making power over big decisions in a child's life. These decisions can include:

  • what school the child will attend;
  • what health care and treatment the child will receive;
  • what religious instruction the child will participate in;
  • what summer camps and other special activities the child will participate in;
  • the child's travel out of state;
  • how the child will be disciplined;
  • any other decision which may materially affect the growth and development of the child;

Minor, day-to-day issues remain the sole discretion of the parent who has the child. Speak with a divorce attorney today to discuss your joint custody questions.

What is Joint Custody with a Final Decision Maker?

This is where parties make an attempt to share decision-making power, but if an agreement cannot be reached, the party who is the "final decision maker" has final say. Note that some Judges, and even some counties, are not very excited about this idea, and it is not always available as an option.

What is Sole Custody?

Sole Custody is where decision-making power is not shared. One parent makes all the decisions.