If you are married to your children’s other parent, you automatically have joint custody. But if you divorce or separate, or if you were never married, a custody agreement will dictate the terms of your access to and responsibility for your kids. Sometimes custody agreements allow parents to share custody 50-50, and sometimes one parent gets sole custody and the other gets visitation rights. If you believe that you deserve more time with your kids or their other parent deserves less, you can request custody modifications Etiwanda CA.
While the primary purpose of any custody agreement is to ensure that kids are well-cared for and provided with a stable home environment, parents also have rights and these rights must be respected by the custody agreement. An experienced family law attorney like Torrence L Howell can help you determine if you have legal grounds for believing that your custody agreement is unfair. If you do, he can help you request custody modifications Etiwanda CA based on changes in factors like:
- Drug use
- Criminal activity
- Mental health deterioration
- Improved behavior of a non-custodial parent
- Mutual parental preference
- Death of a primary custodian
Here’s an example of a scenario in which a custody modification would be needed. Let’s say you currently share custody of your children, but their other parent has started using drugs and has even been arrested. Naturally, you will want to keep your kids away from this dangerous influence. You can do that with custody modifications Etiwanda CA.
Because legal custody and physical custody can be treated separately in custody agreements, make sure to ask your attorney for advice about these two types of custody. We’ll help make sure both types of custody are shared appropriately.