A final decree of divorce or other orders that set out the terms of custody, visitation and child support are typically based on the circumstances that existed at the time the order was rendered. Over time, these circumstances may change and a modification of the final decree of divorce or other order may become necessary. Orders that pertain to the children are never set in stone.  An order can be changed by the Court if circumstances change subsequent to the rendition of the Court order that require a modification of the Court order because it would be in the best interest of the child. The basic standard, in most cases, is that a parent or other party is required to show that there has been a material and substantial change in the circumstances of the parent or child, and that the requested modification is in the best interest of the child.

One example of a typical modification would be to ask the Court to modify child support where there has been a significant increase or decrease in the noncustodial parent's income. Another example would be modifying custody wherein the noncustodial parent no longer believes it is in the best interest of the child that the custodial parent have primary custody. Perhaps circumstances or factors have arisen that cause the noncustodial parent to question the custodial parent's suitability to continue with primary custody of the child. Yet another example might be modification of visitation. Sometimes circumstances arise wherein it is no longer in the best interest of the child that the noncustodial parent continue to have the visitation rights given to that parent in the final decree of divorce or previous order of the Court.

If you need assistance with the modification of a final decree of divorce or other Court order, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Mr. Patton.

West Texas Family Lawyer

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