Divorce and Family Law Practice Areas

Syracuse Child Custody Modifications Attorney Guides Your Family Carefully Through Each Step of the Process

Client-focused and compassionate representation for your family

Following a divorce or separation, your family experiences a myriad of emotional and financial changes. As time passes, your family’s needs may evolve requiring a modification to a court-ordered agreement. At DeRoberts Law Firm, we take the time to listen to your specific needs and work collaboratively to develop the right plan for you and your children.

When is a child custody modification allowed?

Post-decree modifications are allowed in a variety of situations. When assessing a potential custody change, the court’s primary concern is always the best interests of the child. Generally, a child custody modification requires a showing of a substantial change in circumstances. Petitions for modification typically arise when:

  • One parent wishes to relocate to a new geographic location
  • The child wishes to alter the custody or parenting time schedule and has reached a sufficient age and maturity
  • One parent refuses to honor the court-ordered plan and willfully violates the agreement
  • One parent’s lifestyle changes rendering the current arrangement is no longer practical, i.e. his or her job schedule requires night shifts and/or long periods of time away from home

Custody arrangements must honor each parent’s right to participate in the child’s life and modifications may not interfere with either parent’s time. Modifications may be made if undue hardships arise that impact the current arrangement provided the changes place the child’s best interests first. Our firm also assists families with enforcement of child custody orders. You have the right to petition the court for assistance with enforcement in the event that disagreements cannot be resolved internally or through mediation. If the current arrangement is still not adhered to following judicial intervention, the custody order may be modified and the offending parent may lose custody or visitation privileges.

Attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts has been helping families overcome obstacles and develop practical and mutually beneficial custody agreements for more than 20 years. He has the legal skills and experience you need to make sound decisions for your family.

Rely on an aggressive Syracuse child custody modification lawyer for your toughest challenges

Child custody cases can be intensely emotional and difficult to navigate. At the DeRoberts Law Firm, you receive a high level of representation in a comfortable and compassionate environment. We offer flexible office hours to suit your schedule. Call us at 315-479-6445 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.

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