On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
For many former spouses in Missouri, it was a long, hard road traveled to achieve amicable solutions to divorce matters pertaining to their children. Even after a plan is set in place, however, challenging issues may continue to arise. For instance, if a parent seeks modification of court orders for the purpose of child relocation, it can lead to a whole new string of contentious debates.
Lifestyle changes often occur when divorced parents remarry or obtain new jobs. Sometimes, these situations require moving to a new city or state (or country, for that matter). The court typically requires that a parent seeking a court order change to provide evidence that there is a definite need because of unanticipated changes.
One former couple in another state had developed a parenting plan concerning their son, who happens to be autistic. At first, things were reportedly going very well until a breakdown in communication and the mother’s announcement that she was moving and was enrolling her son in a new school occurred. The situation landed both parents back in court to resolve the issue.
Generally speaking, the court tends to emphasize a child’s need for stability when making decisions regarding child relocation or other custody issues. This is not to say that there is never a valid reason for requesting modification of an existing court order. Because such situations are often complex, it is usually within a Missouri parent’s best interests to seek guidance from a family law attorney before proceeding to court.
Source: vtdigger.org, “SCOV Law Blog: Amending a child custody decision“, Elizabeth Kruska, Dec. 30, 2016