Custody agreements exist to ensure that divorced, separated, or unmarried parents are able to spend time with their children and participate in important healthcare and education decisions for their kids. Because people grow and circumstances change over time, your custody agreement may no longer feel appropriate. If this is the case, you can request custody modifications Alta Loma CA with the help of an attorney.
A family law attorney like Torrence L Howell can help you gain a better understanding of your current custody agreement as well as your rights under the law. He can recommend various custody modifications Alta Loma CA that a judge would be likely to grant you, based on things like:
- Drug use
- Criminal activity
- Mental health deterioration
- Improved behavior of a non-custodial parent
- Mutual parental preference
- Death of a primary custodian
For example, if your original custody agreement banned you from unsupervised contact with your kids due to a drug problem, but now you have cleaned up your act and been drug-free for a long time, you can request custody modifications Alta Loma CA. You may start out with increased visitation rights rather than joint custody, but either way you would get more time with your kids.
When seeking custody modifications, remember that physical custody and legal custody are two different things. Physical custody means that you have your kids physically in your care, while legal custody means you have the right to participate in health care and education choices for your kids. Be sure to ask your attorney about the implications of a custody modification on both of these types of custody.