Pursuing Child Custody Modifications And Enforcement
Once a divorce is finalized, the court issues a binding order. The decree usually sets out conditions and requirements that each individual must follow. These conditions apply to property division, child support obligations and child custody arrangements.
However, circumstances can significantly change post-divorce and it may be necessary to modify child custody decisions. Heinrich Christian, PLLC, can help you fight for custody modifications or strongly enforce existing orders.
With more than 25 years of combined experience, our lawyers provide caring and attentive representation to ease clients’ worries in what is often a difficult process.
Modifying Child Custody Arrangements
Similar to child support modifications, modifying child custody arrangements requires court filings and appearances. You must demonstrate a material and substantial change in circumstances that makes the current arrangement no longer workable such as:
- Change in either parent’s work schedule
- Change in either parent’s residence
- Change in either parent’s criminal record
- Current arrangement is no longer appropriate for the child’s age
- The child’s wishes (at a certain age)
When Going Back To Court Becomes Necessary
Unfortunately, a divorce decree does not always mean the end of court proceedings. If the other party disobeys the divorce decree or court order, such as failing to comply with the custody arrangement, you may be able to pursue legal action in court. Our experienced attorneys can assertively advocate on your behalf, and defend your rights.
The consequences of failing to comply with court orders can be severe. You can face heavy fines, wage garnishment and even jail time. If you’ve had an enforcement action filed against you, it is critical to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
Contact Us For Personalized And Attentive Legal Counsel
At Heinrich Christian, PLLC, our attorneys are dedicated to providing outstanding client service. We are always accessible to answer your questions and concerns about child custody.