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Laredo Custody Modification Lawyer

When you come to a child custody agreement in a divorce, that agreement is not necessarily permanent. It can be altered years down the road by a custody modification attorney if altering it is in the best interest of the children. There are two primary reasons that a custody order may change: changing circumstances and the violation of a court order. Changing circumstances are the most common.

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Beginning of custody modification in Laredo

If you are a parent, you know that the one constant with children is that they constantly change. As soon as you get used to one stage, they are on to the next. The punishments and rewards that worked before stop working, they are no longer interested in the toys they were obsessed with a month ago. They keep growing and changing, and that means that their needs change. As their parent, you need to be prepared to always meet them where they are, and engage with them in a way that is appropriate for their current developmental state.

As your children age, the needs of the custody arrangement may change as well. If they are babies when you separate and then reach school age, they may not be able to move between homes in different school districts

When they become a teenager, they may have responsibilities to work or extracurriculars that make it impossible to spend summers in another state. The state of Texas will always prioritize the best interests of the child, and if their best interests change the custody order can also change.

Changing circumstances in a parent’s life can also lead to a modification of the custody order. If a parent moves to a different state or city, or starts regularly leaving town for work, the child may not be able to reside with them on the same schedule

If one partner begins a relationship with someone who could be dangerous to the child, they may lose some custody or visitation rights. On the other hand, if circumstances become safer, such as a parent overcoming an addiction, they may be able to spend more time with their children.
The courts will also take into account the opinions of older children
If they want to spend more time with a noncustodial parent, a judge will often grant that wish.

A violation to a court order can also result in a custody modification, but that needs to be determined by a judge

Do not withhold visitation simply because you believe your former spouse does not deserve it, or you could be in violation of the court order yourself.
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Modifying a custody agreement

If you and your child’s other parent are in agreement, it is quite simple to Laredo custody modification. You will simply rewrite the agreement and work with a lawyer to file the new paperwork

You can work with the same Laredo lawyer who helped with your divorce or a new lawyer

Your lawyer will also be able to help you negotiate if you need to – in that situation, each party would need to hire their own lawyer. The lawyer can also be present in court and present your case to the judge who will make the final decree, formalizing the modification.

Custody modifications are normal

If your children are young when you divorce, you will need to navigate many different situations with your co-parent. Your children will learn to read, play sports, learn to drive, have their heart broken for the first time
Their needs will change dramatically
Plus, over the course of their childhood, one of you may move, begin a new relationship, or change careers. Over the course of 18 years, life can change dramatically. That means that many custody orders end up being modified, because what works for a toddler no longer makes sense for a teenager.

At Rudy Santos Law, we understand that the well being of your family is top priority. When changing circumstances necessitate a changing custody order, turn to us for help

We can make sure that your custody arrangement works for your family today, so that your children can thrive and have strong relationships with both of their parents, decades into the future. The needs that your children had when you got divorced will not be the same needs that they have ten years in the future. If you and their other parent can always prioritize their well being, you will be able to stay flexible and always create a plan that will work for the people that they are today.

Custody Modification can be hard to navigate, but we can help

When you contact Rudy Santos Law, you will be working with a custody modification lawyer that helps you navigate their complexities. Together, we can help discover a legal solution that fits your family.