When a child's parents are no longer together and a child custody order is in place, both parents are responsible for carrying out the order. This means that parents must abide by the court-approved schedule for custody and visitation over the child. The schedule could have been agreed to by the parents or could have been ordered by the court following a child-custody dispute. In either case, parents are under an obligation to follow all the terms in the order.
However, as time goes on, the terms of the child custody order may no longer be applicable to a particular situation. Parents in California may find themselves seeking a modification of the child-custody order. According to the California courts, there are couple of ways in order to modify a child-custody order.
First, the couple can come to an agreement on the child-custody situation. If a couple can sit down and create a new child-custody agreement that works for them, this agreement can be put into place. Second, the court can make the decision for the parents.
When people ask the court for an agreement modification, certain requirements must be the field. In particular, the parent requesting a modification must show that there has been a change in the circumstances that warrants the modification. Additionally, they have to show that the modification is in the best interest of the child. If parents can show these things then the court can order a change to the child-custody order.
Over time, many couples need to revisit their child-custody arrangements. Children grow older and parents move forward, making changes necessary. In these situations, California parents should consult with an attorney for a full understanding of their legal rights.