Modifying Custody Arrangements
When making determinations about child custody and parenting time, all parties want to get it right the first time. The judge in your case and your divorce attorney will do everything possible to craft an arrangement that is reasonable and sustainable for everyone involved.
However, sometimes unforeseen life changes make an existing custody difficult or even impossible to maintain. At Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, in Roanoke, we have helped many parents in Virginia seek modifications to existing custody orders and create new solutions that suit their current reality.
Virginia courts tend to favor stability in parenting arrangements, and typically require you to show that the existing arrangement is detrimental to the child’s best interests. This can be a difficult burden of proof. An experienced lawyer can help you evaluate your options and determine if it is appropriate to seek a modification.
Consider contacting our firm for a consultation if any of the following have given you concerns about your custody arrangements:
- A change in your employment
- A death in the family
- Any substance abuse, domestic violence or other criminal activity by your spouse
- A change in your former spouse’s household that makes him or her less fit for parenting time
Under Virginia law, if the other parent has withheld visitation from you, it may justify a custody modification. We can help you explore different options for enforcement of family law orders if your former partner has violated an existing order.
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If you anticipate a change that could affect your parenting schedule, it is best to act proactively rather than waiting for a problem to arise. We will help you pursue the modification you need while making the transition as smooth as possible for you and your children.