In New Jersey, parenting time plans and child custody arrangements are subject to change. After all, circumstances can change, financial security can shift, and it is not unusual for families to readjust as children grow and dynamics evolve. Whether you believe a child custody modification is needed in your situation, or you simply wish to be aware of how and why your custody arrangements could change in the future, here is some key information to help you understand New Jersey’s child custody modification process.
Putting Children First
New Jersey parenting time and custody laws are designed to serve the interests of the children involved; therefore, it is paramount to seek changes with this goal in mind. In general, child custody modifications can happen in two ways:
- Creating a consent order—the easiest way to modify custody is to create a consent order between both parents, which alters the preexisting arrangement. This consent order will ensure that all changes are mutually agreed upon and enforceable.
- Filing a motion—alternatively, a modification can be obtained through the New Jersey courts by filing a motion that demonstrates a substantial change in circumstances.
What circumstances can cause a modification?
For a child custody arrangement to be modified there must be a substantial change in circumstances. The phrase “substantial change in circumstances”, is a significant factor when determining if a modification is appropriate. Examples of qualifying changes can include:
- Major relocation,
- Major change in vocation or hours,
- Major change in habits that may adversely affect the child (such as drugs and/or alcohol abuse),
- And more
New Jersey Child Custody Attorneys—Getting the Help You Need
Retaining a highly qualified attorney can help properly position you for a parenting time or child custody modification. A seasoned attorney can also help you fight against an unwanted change. The welfare of your children is always our first priority. Our attorneys work diligently and efficiently to protect your ever-changing needs—and the needs of your children.
If you believe a change to your existing child custody and parenting time provisions is necessary, our attorneys will evaluate those issues with you, so you can choose the option that is best for you and your family. Take the first steps towards a more secure future with your kids. Call (888) 888-0919 or contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.