If you and your child’s other parent are no longer together and you currently have a custody arrangement in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering if you can revisit the orders.
Here are some scenarios that may justify taking a second look at custody agreements.
1. Best interests of the child
If your child’s physical and emotional needs are not met or they are unsafe in their current custody situation, a judge may reconsider your current custody arrangements. For example, if your ex works excessive hours, leaving your child alone during much of their custody time, this is generally not in your child’s best interests. Additionally, if your child is reasonably old enough to share their opinion on who they want to spend more time with, a judge may consider their preference.
2. Parental drug or alcohol abuse
A judge may deem living with a parent with a drug or alcohol problem unsafe. If your former partner abuses drugs or alcohol, you may have a case for changing the custody rules for your child.
When either parent moves, this may affect the feasibility of your current custody orders, potentially warranting rearrangement.
4. An uncooperative parent
If your ex does not cooperate with the custody arrangements currently in place, you can request a revision to accommodate the situation’s reality.
As a parent, you want what is best for your child. Understanding what may warrant a custody order revision in Pennsylvania can help you make informed decisions regarding your child’s well-being.