What happens when custody arrangements need to be changed?
After a child custody order has been established by the court, it is essential that both parents follow the order according to all the criteria that have been set. However, as life changes, a custody order may need to be changed. Regardless of the reasons for which the custody order modifications are needed, the best interests of the children are always at the heart of the case.
If you need assistance in seeking the modification of a custody order, turn to our legal team at Cognetti Law Group in Harrisburg. With more than 100 years of combined experience and an insightful understanding of the child custody laws in Pennsylvania, we can evaluate your situation and needs to determine the best way in which to seek a resolution.
Reasons for modification
A custody order may need to be altered for a variety of reasons, including:
- Parental job change
- Parental relocation or move to another area
- Parental request for more time with the children
- Violations of the current custody order
Any reason may be a valid reason, especially when it comes to contact with the children. However, it is important that you do not take matters into your own hands. Know that the standing court order is legally binding on both parties and you can be held in contempt if it is violated.
The process for modifying the order
It is never a good idea to attempt to modify an existing child custody order on your own, even if the changes are agreed upon by both parents. This leaves the order unenforceable and parents potentially in violation of the original order.
Seeking a modification through the court with the help of an experienced attorney is the best way to ensure the new order is legally compliant and enforceable. We can assist you in filing the petition for a modification, represent you at any hearings on the matter, and present your case. A judge will then consider both parties’ petitions and objections, and make a decision regarding the modified custody order.