Negotiating custody is often a contentious task. You must communicate with your ex and find an arrangement that works for both of you and your child, too. Needless to say, this can be stressful, so it is important to consider all of your options when you are contemplating a modification to your custody agreement. You should also consider whether a modification is the best option for your situation.
There are a few reasons why a modification might be necessary. In each case, you should discuss the proposed changes with your ex and your child before proceeding with any changes. The following are some of the most common reasons why you might consider a custody modification.
1. Provide stability
It is normal for custody situations to fluctuate based on parents' needs and obligations. Ultimately, though, your custody agreement should prioritize your child's stability above all else. While it is obviously important that your custody plan fit your own life, it is inevitable that both parents will likely have to make sacrifices in order to make custody work for all parties involved.
2. Honor child's wishes
According to the Huffington Post, if a child is old enough and expresses a preference regarding their custody arrangement, a modification may occur in order to honor these wishes. The extent to which a court considers your child's preference in a modification case depends on a range of factors. The court takes into account the child's age, the feasibility of the request and the apparent motivation behind the request.
3. Facilitate education
Yet another reason for a custody order modification is a change in your child's educational needs. In addition to stability, education should be one of the top priorities when you are determining what custody arrangements to adopt. If your child switches schools and a reconsideration of visitation is necessary, it is important to take their educational needs into account.