Modification

Modifying Child Custody, Parenting Time

As your children grow and their needs change, modifications to child custody, parenting plans, and support are often necessary.

Phoenix modification attorney Gary J. Frank has more than 30 years of experience helping clients modify family law orders. Call 602-383-3610 or send us an email to learn how we can help you.

Our law office can assist with modifications due to changes involving:

  • Relocation/move-away
  • Scheduling needs
  • Changes due to age of children
  • Alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Mental illness of a parent
  • Failure or refusal to co-parent
  • Improved parental situations
  • Loss of income, or increase in income
  • Any other situation requiring modification

You may bring a motion to modify child custody if there has been a substantial and continuous change of circumstances and modification would be in a child’s best interests.

Child Custody Modifications: Equal Decision-Making Authority

In 2013, Arizona child custody law changed to remove the word “custody” entirely, and replace that term with “legal decision-making” and “parenting time.”The statute now provides that: “Consistent with the child’s best interests . . . the court shall adopt a parenting plan that provides for both parents to share legal decision-making regarding their child and that maximizes their respective parenting time.

The statutory change has created an opportunity for parents who do not have equal decision-making rights, or primary residential parent status, to return to court and modify their custody orders.

Considering Modifying Your Divorce Decree or Child Custody Order?

Gary J. Frank is a devoted children’s advocate. As your lawyer, he will fight to protect your best interests and those of your children both during and after divorce. Contact our office online or call 602-383-3610 to discuss your specific custody or modification needs.