Texan parents make custody arrangements in order to fit their life situation in that particular moment. However, things won’t stay the same forever. Circumstances change, and you may find yourself needing to update your custody arrangement accordingly. But how do you do that?
FindLaw talks about what you need to do if you plan on changing your custody arrangement. The first and easiest option is by agreement. This method is somewhat self-explanatory in that it simply involves you and your ex-partner coming to an agreement on the changes that need to be made. If you agree, you can submit a written petition about the changes you want to make to a judge, who will usually approve.
If you don’t agree, you will need to handle your modification through a hearing instead. First, you will need to submit a petition in which you explain what has changed that requires modification. These reasons can include, but aren’t limited to:
- A parental death
- Parental relocation
- Danger in the child’s household
- A parent not following current visitation schedule
After submitting the request, you must provide evidence that the changes you speak of have occured. And once that’s done, you will likely still be required to go to mediation to try working out an agreement with your ex-partner. If one can’t be reached, you’re leaving the final decision in the hands of the court.
This is why it’s so important to have legal aid who know what they’re doing. They can navigate this situation and get you the best results.