Custody agreements are used by unmarried couples and divorced or separated couples to designate legal and physical custodial responsibilities. Custody agreements can provide for shared custody on an equal basis, sole custody with visitation rights for the other parent, or something in between. It all depends on the unique circumstances of the case.
If you are not satisfied with your custody agreement, an attorney like Torrence L Howell can help you determine whether or not the agreement is fair. If it is unfair, you can request custody modifications to improve your access to your children or restrict an unfit parent from caring for the children.
Some reasons you might request custody modifications Upland CA include:
- Drug use
- Criminal Activity
- Mental health deterioration
- Improved behavior of non-custodial spouse
- Mutual parental preference
- Death of primary custodian
For example, if you can prove that your ex-spouse or their live-in partner is engaged in illegal drug use or other criminal activity, you would definitely have a good case for denying them custody. Your attorney can help you do this by filing for custody modifications.
Physical custody, or which parent has the children physically in his or her care at a given time, is usually the primary concern for most parents. However, don’t neglect to also ask your attorney to protect your rights to legal custody, aka the ability to make health and education choices for your child. Without legal custody, you will not be able to request medical records or have an influence in deciding where your child goes to school.