Sacramento Custody And Visitation Modification Lawyers
As families change and, in many cases, grow following a divorce, one or both parents may find it desirable or even necessary to change an existing court order concerning child custody or parenting time.
The attorneys of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP are experienced in handling child custody matters of all types. Whether parents approach modifications in a spirit of compromise or there is bitter disagreement, we tailor our approach to advance our clients’ interests while also doing what is in the best interests of the children involved.
California Post-Divorce Modifications Attorneys
Whenever there is a dispute as to custody or parenting time, the matter must go first to mediation. The procedure to get into mediation is the same as in the initial action. The key difference between the initial action for custody-visitation and a modification of a custody-visitation order is that a custody-parenting schedule order has been in effect; therefore, the court’s discretion regarding making orders for custody has narrowed.
The parent bringing the motion for modification must show a change in circumstances that warrants a change in the parenting plan. This burden can be difficult to overcome unless there are substantial reasons for the change. A request for a change in the parenting plan that appears to be financially motivated will be rejected. The primary focus of the mediator and the court will be whether or not sufficient grounds appear to establish that a change in custody or visitation would be in the best interests of the child or children.
Contact Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP
Our Sacramento custody modification attorneys can assist you in seeking to modify or maintain an existing court order. Arrange a confidential consultation with a lawyer by calling 916-603-2913 or send an email.