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 Fontana 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 Fontana 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
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 Fontana CA. You may start out with increased visitation rights rather than joint custody, but either way you would get more time with your kids.
Before agreeing to any changes in your custody agreements, be sure you fully understand all your legal rights and the implications of any changes. Your attorney can definitely help with this. For example, your attorney can explain the difference between legal custody and physical custody and ensure you don’t inadvertently give up your rights to either one.