Under joint custody, there is no superior parent. It means that even if your co-parent has physical custody of the children, they cannot prevent you from seeing the children. Equally, they need to seek your opinion before making important decisions affecting the child.
If the current arrangement is not working for the children, you need to take action as a parent. The court can modify the existing orders to protect the interests of the children. Here is what you need to know.
What can lead to modification of a custody order?
There are several reasons why you may want to revise the current custody order. First, if there has been a drastic change in the child’s or parent’s life, the judge would consider revising the current arrangement. For example, if your co-parent loses their job or cannot discharge their parental duties due to other reasons, custody orders may be revised to account for such changes.
Another reason to revise custody orders is the relocation of your co-parent, which would affect your access to the children. In addition, constant violation of custody orders could also lead to a revision of the existing arrangement.
You need to have proof
To seek the court’s modification of existing custody orders, you need to show that there have been substantial changes in circumstances that negatively affect the children. Then, once the court is convinced, it could revise the existing orders based on what is best for the children.
It is important that you follow due process when requesting a modification of child custody orders to ensure that your children are safe. Even though you are likely to face some resistance from your co-parent, it is your duty to protect the children, even if it means making some bold decisions.