There are few things guaranteed in life. But one thing is unavoidable. Everybody will go through some major changes. Whether it is a significant change of income or the relocation to another state, all of these of issues affect child custody in Utah. My name Christopher M. Ault and I am a Salt Lake City custody modifications attorney. One of the most common myths about divorce is the court’s ruling is final. Although it is not easy to change the terms of a divorce settlement, it can be done with help from an experienced divorce lawyer. Over the years, the legal team at The Ault Firm has helped many men and women successfully petition for a custody modification.
What is a Custody Modification?
Under Utah law, divorced parents must comply with the court’s decision regarding child custody and other terms of the divorce settlement. But when one or both parents go through a major change in their life that affects the terms of their child custody, changes to the settlement need to be made. As an experienced Salt Lake City custody modifications attorney, my job is to protect the rights of each client and to look after their best interests. Major changes in your life or your ex-spouse can affect child support and visitation arrangements. To receive a custody modification from the court, the petitioner must prove any of following significant changes to their lifestyle:
- Job loss
- Promotion or getting a new job with a higher salary
- The birth of another child
- Discovery of child abuse
- Alcohol or drug abuse by a parent or child
- Parent convicted of criminal charges
- Relocation of more than 150 miles from the residence of the former spouse
- Mental illness of a parent or child
- Constant denial of visitation by the custodial parent
Changes will not only occur in your life. Your ex-spouse and children will also go through significant life changes. If one parent relocates more than 150 miles away from their former spouse, they must give at least 60 days of advanced notice. The non-custodial parent can also petition the court if they believe the move is not in the child’s best interests.
Why You Need a Salt Lake City Custody Modifications Attorney
Divorce does not just end with a settlement handed down by the court. It is a permanent change to your lifestyle–especially if you have children. It is important to have an experienced legal advocate on your side to help petition the court for any modifications to the terms of your settlement. From the time a prospective client schedule an initial consultation, they will be educated on their rights and ability to request a divorce modification. Utah family law can sometimes get complicated. It is vital to have a Salt Lake custody modifications attorney with a vast knowledge of the laws and statutes that affect your situation