Legitimate reasons for modifying visitation

Sometimes after a divorce has been finalized, a parent may become dissatisfied with the terms contained in his or her child custody agreement. As such, he or she may want to have the agreement modified. But it is important to remember that the court has its reasons for rendering its decisions regarding visitation and will only consider causes it considers legitimate as the basis for alterations. Likewise, the court is likely to reject a request that it feels is not in the best interests of the child.

For example, you may feel that your ex-spouse is a lax parent or does not employ parenting techniques that meet your standards, so you want to eliminate or limit his or visitation rights. But even if your method of child rearing is better, this does not mean that your child is not receiving good care when with his or her other parent. In fact, it may even be healthy for a child to experience different parenting styles.

But there are also reasons to modify a custody agreement that a court may deem legitimate. In some cases, both parents may agree that a change is appropriate. At other times, attempting to make a change could trigger a fierce dispute. But in either case, a parent is best served by having an attorney represent his or her interests when a modification becomes a possibility.

So, if you are contemplating having the visitation terms of your custody agreement altered, you may want to get in touch with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney could advise you on the potential of the court granting a modification and act on your behalf to help you get the outcome you desire.

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