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Taking the right steps to modify child custody

When most people in North Carolina reach an agreement or receive a ruling on how child custody will be arranged in the aftermath of a relationship, whether it was a marriage or not, those people probably expect that there is little to nothing they can do about the terms of that arrangement. However, in certain circumstances, there may be options for those who wish to attempt to modify their child custody arrangement.

But, it is important to note that changing a child custody arrangement isn’t always that easy. For starters, the other parent may not agree with the proposed changes. Or, the change might be a big change, like when the parent who has physical custody of the child in question wants to move to another town or even another state. Unless the parties can reach an agreement on the terms of any given modification of child custody, a request must be submitted to family law court.

In such a request, the parent who seeks the modification is, essentially, asking the court that entered the original order to change that order. When a court makes an order of any kind, that order, typically, is final. However, if a parent can show a significant change in circumstances from the time the original order was entered, it may be possible to get a modification of the order entered.

Child custody matters can be some of the most delicate issues that family law courts in North Carolina deal with on a day-to-day basis. Getting the right information about your own unique circumstances may help make the process of obtaining a modification of a child custody order smoother.