California parents with a hard-fought custody agreement in place may hesitate in requesting a modification. If coming to an arrangement that worked for all parties was difficult the first time, you may not want to rock the boat. However, as children grow, their needs change. Extracurricular activities and changing schools must fit with both parents’ schedules, which include their job duties. At the Law Offices of Jeanne W. Murray, P.C., we often help clients create a parenting plan or modify an existing custody arrangement as your children grow.

According to VeryWell Family, child custody arrangements typically change when they are in the best interests of the child. During the proceedings, parents, the child and witnesses can testify regarding their experiences. If one parent initially had sole custody, that may change, depending who is better suited as the primary parent at this time.

The custody adjudicators and judges may hear many cases in a single day, and they may make the decision quickly. Make sure you bring all the paperwork, people and arguments you have, backing your perspective. The judge’s ruling may include a visitation schedule and changing the primary custodial parent. Your child’s well-being and needs are the focus of the decision. Factors such as, if your child is unhappy, experiences issues at school or doesn’t feel safe with one parent, weigh heavily on the decision.

Both you and your ex have the opportunity to address the issues at hand. An attorney experienced in family law can help ensure you understand the options and help you present your case in the most effective way possible. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.