As a divorced parent, you might need to modify your child custody arrangement. Sometimes, changing or modifying child custody can be touchy. An Akron child custody modification lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you achieve a beneficial outcome for everyone.
Erb Legal has child custody attorneys who focus on the needs of clients and their children. We will compassionately listen to your story, then plan to achieve your goals. Even if we did not create your original child custody agreement, we can help.
It is reasonable to assume that sometimes, you or your ex will want or need to make changes to your original child custody agreement. Our lawyers can help you modify your child custody agreement, including those that involve:
If you have concerns about your child, we can develop a clause to address it through a parenting agreement.
Child custody can be modified in two ways: A parenting agreement and a court decision.
A parenting agreement to modify an existing child custody order means that you and your ex work together on the new arrangement. Both parents sign and submit the plan to the court. The court will sign off on the parenting plan and incorporate it into a legal order in most cases. The judge will not approve a parenting plan if it is not in the child’s best interests.
When developing a parenting plan, it is best to work with an experienced attorney. You will have to negotiate details with your child’s other parent, and they will only be looking out for themselves. They may coerce you into agreeing with something that is not beneficial to you or the child. With an attorney by your side, you can ensure that someone is protecting your parental rights.
If the parents cannot agree to new terms in a parenting plan, then one parent may request that the court make a specific change. The other parent will have the opportunity to address the issue with the court as well. After listening to both sides, the judge will decide what is best for the child.
It is your right to have an attorney with you for any court appearance to modify your child custody arrangement.
When the court makes any decision about child custody, they consider what is in the “best interests of the child.” Ohio Revised Code Section 3109.04(F)(1) describes some of the factors considered by the court to determine what is best, including the following:
The judge may consider other factors if the parties in the case present them. You should give as much information as possible to the court to get a favorable outcome.
Simply drafting a new parenting agreement with your co-parent will not be enough to make it enforceable by the court. Similarly, verbal contracts to make changes do not typically stand up in court either. You must get a court order to modify your child custody arrangement.
Should you and your ex want to make permanent changes to your child custody agreement, you must submit your parenting agreement to the court. Remember, if you and your child’s other parent cannot agree, the court decides for you. This action could result in an undesired outcome.
Here are the steps to submit changes in your child custody to the Summit County Domestic Relations Court:
When child custody becomes a heated debate, there may be other steps, such as conferences, requirements for psychological exams and drug tests, and mediation. You could avoid a lot of stress and other conflicts when you hire a child custody lawyer to assist you.
While your original child custody situation might have been best at the time, things may have changed. When you need to modify your child custody arrangement, it is helpful to work closely with an attorney who is familiar with the court process in Summit County.