Modifications of Parenting Plans/Custody

In Florida, child custody and visitation modifications are a fact of life. After all, circumstances can change, financial security can shift, and it is not unusual for families to readjust as children grow and dynamics evolve. For all of these reasons, it is important to understand how to modify your existing Florida child custody and visitation arrangement.

Putting the Children First

Florida child visitation 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, Florida child custody visitation modification can happen in two ways:

  1. Creating a consent order—the easiest way to modify FL child 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.
  2. Filing a petition—alternatively, a Florida child custody visitation modification can be obtained through the Florida courts by filing a petition 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 child custody 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

Florida Child Custody Attorneys—Getting the Help You Need

Retaining a highly qualified Florida child custody lawyer can help properly position you for a child visitation modification or child custody modification. A seasoned attorney can also help you fight against an unwanted change. At CPLS, the welfare of your children is always our first priority. Our {FL child custody lawyers} will work diligently and efficiently to protect your ever-changing needs—and the needs of your children.

If you believe a change to your existing Florida child custody and parenting time provisions is necessary, the lawyers at CPLS will evaluate those issues with you, so you can choose the option that is best for you and your family. Through efficient, compassionate, and aggressive legal representation, all of your Florida child custody and visitation modification needs will be addressed.