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Modifying a custody arrangement is an important step

Let's say that you and your spouse have been married for a long time, and you have one child together. One day, you and your spouse sense a change in the relationship -- and as the days, weeks, and months roll on, the two of you come to the conclusion that it is time to divorce.

During the divorce, there will be one issue that the two of you need to settle, and it will likely be the most contentious: child custody. In many cases, custody is agreed to jointly before it proceeds to a dispute. However, there are plenty of cases where custody is contested, and in those cases, each spouse needs to be prepared for tough discussion about custody and the child's best interests.

Regardless of how the custody case plays out, there will likely be a time, somewhere down the line, when you or your spouse wants to change the custody arrangement.

Maybe there is a situation where the child's safety is endangered, and an immediate modification or emergency order is necessary to amend the custody arrangement.

Maybe a minor change in your schedule or your spouse's schedule forces some changes to the weekly or monthly custody schedule.

Maybe you or your spouse has to move out of state for an urgent, temporary or permanent matter. This could require a total rework of the custody arrangement depending on how the case (and state laws) apply.

It's all a reminder that child custody isn't over when you sign the divorce papers. If you are confused about how your child custody agreement will change in light of new life circumstances, consult with an attorney immediately. 

Source: FindLaw, "Custody Problems," Accessed Aug. 28, 2015

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