Custody Modification & Relocation
Helping Parents With Post-Decree Issues
Are you looking to spend more time with your child or worried about the behavior of his or her other parent? Do you want to relocate or prevent the other parent from relocating with the child? Are you wondering whether you have grounds for seeking a child custody modification?
At the law firm of Plymale & Dingus in Columbus, Ohio, we have more than seven decades of collective experience and have helped many clients through the child custody modification process. Contact us for a free initial phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys.
Assessing the Best Interests of the Child
We receive many calls from parents who want to know whether it is possible to modify their existing child custody orders. Parenting plans are designed to reflect the best interests of the child and can be revisited when circumstances change. Common situations include:
- The child is older and would benefit from a different parenting schedule.
- The other parent has been convicted of a crime.
- The other parent has been caught using illegal drugs.
- You have completed a course of rehabilitation and overcome a substance abuse problem.
- The other parent is neglecting the child’s personal and medical needs.
- The other parent is not seeing the child as often as ordered.
Child custody modifications are addressed on a case-by-case basis. Every case is unique and evidence is needed to support any contested issues. The lawyers at our firm are experienced at dealing with these cases and can advise you on your options.
Understanding the Consequences of Relocation
Parental relocation can have a significant impact on child custody. In child custody cases, parents must notify the other parent of his/her intent to move to a new residence, especially to a residence outside of the child’s current school district. A parent who relocates closer to the child, on the other hand, may be able to modify the current order to increase his/her amount of parenting time.
Our attorneys are experienced at pursuing (and opposing) child custody modifications in response to relocation and other factors. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss the impact of your personal plans or your ex’s behavior on your child custody arrangements.