Can you modify existing child custody and visitation orders in Louisville after the divorce is completed? What is the process to seek changes in existing child custody and visitation orders after a Louisville divorce?
While there is no direct correlation between the payment of child support and child custody and visitation orders, it is important to note that a change in the visitation schedule may also warrant reconsideration of existing child support orders as well.
There are several valid reasons to ask the Court to modify existing child custody and visitation orders in Louisville. Have the needs of the child(ren) changed? Has a child’s performance or behavior at school recently changed? Is there some danger to the child’s well being such as domestic violence, sexual abuse or emotional or psychological harm? The Court is always focused upon the best interests of the child and a substantial change in the needs of a child is a valid reason to re-consider existing visitation orders.
Another valid reason to modify existing child custody and visitation orders in Louisville after the divorce is the wishes of the child, especially as the child nears the age of 14 (or reaches an appropriate level of maturity).
Perhaps there has been a substantial change in the work schedule for one or both of the child’s parents, or a non-custodial parent has moved closer to the child and is better prepared to make a more active role in the child’s life. Conversely, perhaps one of the co-parents wishes to take the child(ren) and move out of the area or out of the State of Kentucky. Move away and relocation cases almost always require at least the permission of the Court if not a substantial change in existing orders.
Other reasons to modify existing child custody and visitation orders in Louisville include significant parental irresponsibility, the failure to abide by existing Court orders or the development of parental alienation. These cases require the advice and counsel of the proven, experienced divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd.
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