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Factors that may warrant a child custody modification

In Florida and around the country, the health and safety of children is a top priority. When a couple with children divorces, they may either come to a custody and visitation agreement on their own or ask a court to order one. However, it may be necessary to ask for a modification to an existing order under certain circumstances. For instance, if a parent ignores the terms of a custody agreement, it may be possible for the custodial parent to ask to change it.

If a parent chooses to move farther away from the child, that may also be grounds for a modification. One may also be granted if the custodial parent moves the child away from the noncustodial parent. When considering a request to modify an existing child custody order, a judge will look at whether the move is motivated by a desire to keep the child away from the other parent.

If a child is in danger of abuse by a parent, a court may consider a child custody modification. A judge will look at whether or not the child is in immediate danger of being harmed. It may also be possible to take into account whether the child wants to continue living with a parent who may be abusive toward that child or toward another person.

Those who are having child custody issues may wish to talk with an attorney to resolve them. An attorney may be able to ask a judge to either modify an existing child custody order or take steps to compel compliance with the current order. If a child is in immediate danger, it may be advisable to ask for sole physical custody.

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