Modification of Custody, Visitation & Child Support

Life is about change and family life is no exception. When you needa  modification of an existing custody, visitation or child support order, Bezler Law Firm can help. Factors such as losing a job, relocating or suffering certain health issues can create an urgent need to modify an existing custody, visitation or support arrangement. While custody, visitation and child support are separate arrangements, each can affect the other.

Custody Modification Attorney Columbia, MO

To be able to petition a Missouri court for modification of a custody order, there must be a continuing and substantial change in the child’s or custodial parent’s circumstances. For a custody modification to be granted by the court, the change must serve the best interests of the child. If both parties agree to the custody modification, it is likely that it will be granted by the court but not an absolute. Custody modifications can also take place when new facts arise, or when there were facts unknown by the court at the time of the original custody order.

Visitation Modification

When visitation with one parent becomes inappropriate, it is possible to modify visitation. Visitation is meant to promote a healthy relationship between parents and their children and when this is not the case, Missouri courts can modify visitation.

Child Support Modification

In order to change child support, there must be a “substantial and continuing change in circumstances.” Several situations constitute modification of child support. A few reasons to modify child support include: 1) an ex-spouse either loses a job or has a pay increase, 2) one parent takes a greater responsibility with the child, 3) there is a change to your health care plan or perhaps the child support was wrongly calculated in the first place.

Keep in mind that in order to warrant child support modification, the change should equate to at least 20% of the current child support payment.

Common reasons to seek modification of existing child support, custody, or visitation orders include:

  • Loss of a job or ex-spouse is making more money
  • Increase in child’s daycare, school or healthcare costs
  • Job relocation
  • Wishes of the child regarding where they would like to live
  • Evidence of abuse by an ex-spouse
  • Change in mental or physical health of a parent or the child
  • Other parent’s non-compliance with an existing order