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Child Custody Modification

Child custody agreements are negotiated to accommodate the parents’ circumstances and the children’s needs when a divorce is finalized. But as we know, life is not static—children grow, needs change, situations change which warrant the need to change a child custody agreement. The experienced team at Barrocas, Mintz, Misuraca, and Record: Family Law & Mediation will help you find a fair resolution to the change in your circumstances.


How to Modify Your Child Custody & Support Order in New York

The need for modifications arises because of a substantial change in circumstances.  Modifications usually involve child custody and visitation, child support or spousal support.

Our attorneys at  Barrocas, Mintz, Misuraca, and Record: Family Law & Mediation have more than 30 years of experience providing guidance to people who are encountering changes such as:

  • Job loss or job gain, resulting in decrease or increase in pay
  • Increase or decrease in child care expenses
  • New or increased tuition for private schools or college
  • New or increased health care needs of the child
  • A teenager requests to live with the other parent
  • Parent or child relocation

Another need for modification is if the current custody agreement is no longer in the best interest of the children. The New York State Court will consider factors pertinent to your situation, but these are common reasons for modification hearings:

  • Changes to a parent’s or a child’s physical or mental health
  • Evidence of abuse, either physical or mental
  • Evidence of drug or alcohol abuse
  • The pattern of a child’s interaction with family and friends

Any of these situations require a strong argument with solid evidence to persuade a court to change an existing divorce order. The team of Barrocas, Mintz, Misuraca, and Record: Family Law & Mediation has extensive experience fighting for modifications and knows what kinds of proof with which the courts will need to be presented. 

We have the expertise in family law and will take the time to learn about your situation and provide honest advice. We will work side-by-side with you to demonstrate this substantial change in your family’s circumstances that warrants a custody modification.


Do You Need To Oppose A Modification?

Not all custody modifications are without contest. We frequently represent parents who wish to challenge a modification request — we will do everything in our power to ensure your agreement reflects the best interests of everyone involved.

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