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Is your current custody agreement no longer suitable?

When you go through a divorce as a parent, your top priority is usually to get matters related to child sorted out. Ideally, you and your spouse will have been able to come up with a suitable arrangement in an amicable manner. Failing that, the court probably stepped in and created something based on the best interests of the child.

However, the needs of a child do not remain static. As they get older, they become more independent and require a different type of care. Can your custody order be modified to reflect this?

In short, the answer is yes. Outlined below are some of the more common justifications for modifying child custody.

If the child has outgrown the current arrangement

The development of a child happens at a fast pace. The difference between a newborn and a one-year-old is startling, and that continues for most years until adulthood. The needs of the child also change. Young children may need a much more hands-on style of parenting, whereas an older child could be starting to gain independence. The court may consider a custody modification if the current arrangement is no longer meeting the needs of the child because they have matured.

Ill health of parent or child

Illnesses tend not to discriminate. Either the child or a parent could be impacted by an illness, which means that the current custody arrangement is no longer suitable. If the child is ill, then they might not be able to transition between homes. If a parent has fallen ill, then they may require some temporary relief from custody while they get on track with their recovery.

All custody decisions revolve around the best interests of the child, and this includes modifications. If your current custody arrangement is unworkable, then seeking some legal guidance will give you a better idea of how to change it.