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Modifying a custody agreement

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2021 | Family Law | 0 comments

One of the primary problems some divorced Colorado parents have is deciding what to do when family dynamics change in a manner that impacts a child custody agreement. Colorado courts typically assume the role of child advocate when divorce cases include minor children, and the child’s health and well-being will be first priority. It is vital to be prepared to explain why the alteration is necessary, as all cases are unique to some degree. And many times it is a necessity to change the agreement for very serious reasons such as when a parent has been arrested or there is some type of exposure to a dangerous situation. Here are a few basic reasons a custody agreement may be modified.

Parental relocation

One of the primary reasons for a potential child custody alteration is when a parent is moving to a new location. This is a very common family law issue. There is often no workable alternative for weekly visitation, and the answer can easily come down to what could be workable as opposed to what outcome either parent may want.

Custody agreement breach

A custody arrangement that is part of a parenting plan can often be breached by either parent. This situation allows the aggrieved parent to petition the court for an order to rectify the problem whenever possible. Sometimes this can even result in termination of the prior order, and even change the custodial arrangement completely.

Child safety issues

Another very serious family law issue occurs when one parent thinks the other is putting their dependent child in danger of any type. This can happen when the defending parent has been involved in criminal activity or has individuals living in their household that could be questionable regarding child safety. This can easily result in a custody modification when it can be reasonably proven.

These are just a few of the circumstances that could result in a request for a custody agreement modification or an intervention by the state. Some situations like the death of a custodial parent could also easily result in the court wanting to reevaluate all factors before letting the surviving parent maintain full custody.