May 28, 2018

Making child custody modifications

Divorce can take on several different meanings, depending on the specific family situation. For those with children, deciding on a child custody plan can often become the biggest obstacle of the process. Sometimes, Michigan parents realize that an initial plan has not gone as smoothly as expected. When this is the case, a modification may be the next step.

First, many parents may wonder what advantages a modification might create. Verywell Family explains that child custody modifications are common, and are often necessary to protect the children themselves. A child’s safety should always be the top priority. Parents who suspect domestic violence is taking place within the walls of an ex-spouse’s home can take immediate action by requesting a modification.

A less pressing reason for changes involves a parent’s relocation. Verywell states that courts generally consider a parent’s motivation when relocating, as well as the possibility of visitation after the move. Of course, some situations involve a difficult parent who ignores the visitation plans altogether. When visitation is the problem, modifications may be necessary. Very well also notes that the death of a parent inevitably calls for modification in child custody plans.

The website for Michigan Courts outlines the steps involved in modifying child custody arrangements. When a parent expresses intentions of changing an arrangement, they must request a “Pro-Per” motion from a friend of the court office — this motion allows parents to file a motion for modifications. From there, a court clerk can offer parents information regarding the court location of hearings, fees, and schedules. The state’s court system emphasizes that parents are responsible for preparing the court order in these situations, and should therefore read all documents carefully. At the end of the day, modifications can be complex, but these changes ultimately work to provide a better living arrangement for the children involved.