Whether you are divorced or separated, if you have children that you share with an ex, you know that figuring out parenting time can be a real bear. You likely have a child custody plan in place, but lately you may be finding that it is not really working out for you. Maybe your schedule or that of your ex has changed, maybe your children are expressing the desire to spend more time with you or your ex or maybe you have just decided the agreement simply isn't meeting the needs of your family the way you hoped it would when your first agreed to it. If you feel a custody modification is necessary, you may be able to get one by either working out a new plan with your ex or filing the appropriate request in an Alabama family court.
It would be nice if all former couples could reach new custody terms by talking things through, but that does not always happen. Some former spouses or partners do not always agree on what is best for their children and that means that the courts need to get involved. Child custody modifications are not given out just because you want one; you need to have a good reason for submitting such a request. A judge will consider your stance on the matter and make a decision based upon the evidence presented.
At the end of the day, family law courts just want to make sure the best interests of the affected children are being met. If a modification to the custody plan will achieve that goal, then it may be granted. If it doesn't, then it won't.
If you feel a child custody modification is in order, the sooner you take action the better. An experienced Alabama family law attorney may be able to help you in your quest for a custody plan that better fits your family's needs. To learn more about how an attorney can assist you in your time of need, please visit our firm's website.