Reasons for Modifications to Child Visitation Agreements
Child visitation agreements are often established when one parent retains physical custody of a child yet the court determines that the other parent should still have limited access to the son or daughter. These agreements are legally binding and must be followed by each parent as well as by the children involved. However, over time, changing familial circumstances can warrant alterations to the visitation agreement.
Causes of Modifications
There are a number of reasons why a parent or even a child may seek modifications to his or her child visitation agreement. However, it is up to the court to determine whether the alteration is in the best interest of the child involved. Some of the most commonly cited reasons for modifications include:
- Child’s preference
- One or both parents relocating
- Visitation agreement violations / abuse
- Changes in mental condition of one or both parents
- Abuse of controlled substances by one or both parents
- Changes in physical health of one or both parents
Whether you wish to change your visitation agreement or are dealing with your child’s other parent’s requests for a modification, it is important to discuss your legal options with a knowledgeable lawyer.
If you or someone you love is facing a change in a child visitation agreement and you have questions or concerns, the attorneys of Alexander & Associates can address these issues and protect your rights during this potentially frustrating time. Contact us today at (972) 420-6560 to discuss your situation, existing visitation agreement, and the changes that might occur.