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In most states, including New York, a parent can file for a child custody modification. Yet, the court doesn’t alter child custody orders without review. You must show that circumstances have changed substantially since your original custody order or that your modification request is in the best interest of your child.
Reasons to seek a modification
Here are some examples when the court may grant a child custody modification:
Evaluating the best interests of the child
In any child custody issue, the court will evaluate what the best interests of a child are. This includes looking at the following:
Sharing child custody with a former spouse isn’t always easy. It may take time to adjust to your child custody agreement. Most of the time, the court favors both parents being actively involved in a child’s life. Yet if your child’s best interests are for a child custody modification, working with an experienced family law attorney can best help you prepare your modification request for approval.
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