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
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
- 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!