To modify a child custody or visitation schedule, there must be either an agreement by both parties or a judicial finding that there is a substantial change of circumstances to merit the modification of child custody or visitation. When evaluating whether a modification of child custody is appropriate, the Broward County family law judges located in Fort Lauderdale often consider whether each parent:
- Meets the child's developmental needs
- Meets the child's educational and social development
- Has the ability to properly supervise the child and maintain appropriate routines for the child
- Maintains a stable and loving household for the child
If there is a substantial change in circumstances in your child custody case, it is important to discuss your options with an experienced lawyer who can advise you on your rights and options.
Contact the Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A., at 954-563-1331 to discuss your specific circumstances to determine whether your situation rises to the level of a substantial change in circumstances. Rebekah Brown-Wiseman uses her long-standing experience as a child custody attorney as well as her background in social work to vigorously represent her clients in their child custody litigation.
A substantial change in circumstances may include relocation, substance abuse, excessive lack of supervision or an abusive relationship.
Modification Of Child Support
For a modification to child support, Florida state child support guidelines require that the difference between the existing monthly child support obligation and the modification of child support that would result from a recalculation based on your current financial circumstances be at least 15 percent or $50, whichever amount is greater, before the court may find that the child support guidelines provide a substantial change in circumstances to merit a change in a child support obligation.
Protect Yourself With A Proper Modification Order
Don't just make an informal agreement to modify your custody, visitation or support arrangement with your ex-spouse or your child's other parent. Without a formal modification, you will continue to owe the amount mentioned in the initial court order and you will not secure your new custody or visitation arrangements.
To learn more about modification of child support, child custody or visitation, please contact our office. The firm represents clients throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County from our Fort Lauderdale law office.