Child Custody Modifications

If your current child custody and visitation arrangement isn't working anymore, you can seek to change it. However, it is important to do this by filing a petition to modify your existing order. Otherwise, the change would not be enforceable.

At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about child custody and visitation modifications. From our offices in Wyomissing and Lancaster, we serve clients in Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania.

When Can I Change Child Custody Or Visitation?

The following are examples of times when you can file a petition to modify a child custody or visitation order:

  • A parent with primary residential custody wants to relocate
  • A parent with visitation rights wants to change visitation days due to job change, relocation or other reasons
  • A parent wants to increase/decrease visitation
  • An older child wants to live with another parent
  • A parent's drug use, lifestyle changes or other behavior places a child at risk

In determining whether to modify a child custody or visitation order, the court will consider what is in the best interests of the child rather than what you want as a parent. As a result, your reason for seeking a modification must place your child's best interests first.

If you change child custody or visitation, you may be allowed to change child support as well.

Why Do I Need A Court-Ordered Modification?

Even if you and your spouse both agree to the change, you should still obtain a court-ordered modification. Otherwise, you will still be bound by the terms of the old order if you and your ex have a dispute.

Call Our Pennsylvania Child Custody Modification Lawyers

For more information about child custody and visitation modifications, turn to the experienced family law attorneys at Rowe Law Offices, P.C. Call 610-816-0935 (Berks County), 717-345-3208 (Lancaster County), 570-362-6837 (Schuylkill County) or 866-232-1913, or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.