Modifying a Child Custody Order

Legal Guidance from Our Long Island Divorce Lawyer

At the Rubenfeld Law Firm, we understand that life changes and that change is not always avoidable. If a change in your circumstances has occurred, you may be able to alter your child custody order. You may be able to have either physical or legal child custody modified. In New York State, the family court can make decisions regarding child custody until the child reaches 18 years of age. After he or she is no longer considered a minor, the courts do not have legal authority over such matters. Speak with our firm's knowledgeable Long Island divorce attorney for further information.

Have you experienced a change in your circumstances?

In divorce cases with children, parents may be able to come up with a workable child custody arrangement that is part of their divorce agreement. Changes in circumstances, however, can cause a modification to be necessary. If you are the parent petitioning for modification, the burden of proof will be on you to show that the significant change will affect child custody. In some cases, the other parent may quickly agree to the modification. If the other parent does not agree, however, you will need to make a strong case in your favor. As the other parent in the situation, you may need legal assistance fighting against the other party's request for child custody modification.

During your case, you will need to ensure that you carefully prepare for any matters to dispute or challenge. Some of the most common reasons for a child custody modification include:

  • Geographical move
  • Neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Medical reasons
  • Change of relationship with child

No matter what side of the case you are on, you can seek a child custody modification with our firm's legal guidance. At the Rubenfeld Law Firm, we have successfully handled a wide range of divorce and child custody issues. Contact us today for the experienced representation you need!