CHILD CUSTODY MODIFICATION
If your family is in crisis or in need of legal help, call us. The Jacoby Law Firm in Kansas City Missouri provides strong yet compassionate representation in all areas of family law including Child Custody and Parenting Plan Modifications. As experienced trial lawyers, we are ready to fight for you in court if necessary. We promise to aggressively advocate for your interests in a contested divorce, marital property division dispute or any other contentious family law matter.
Sometimes after a Court has entered a Judgment concerning the custody and support of minor children, it becomes necessary to modify the arrangement. To succeed in a Child Custody Modification action, the moving party (the party wanting the change) has the burden to prove that "substantial and continuing change in circumstance(s)" between the custodial parent and the children are occuring to justify the child custody modification.
However, a change in the parenting time of a Joint Physical Custody arrangement does not require this same stringent standard. A showing that it is in the children's best interest is required to modify an exisiting joint custody arrangement when parenting time is the issue.
Parents are always encouraged to work out an amicable parenting arrangement without court involvement. But many times, due to emotions or inability to communicate, parents must seek legal assistance and court involvement to resolve ongoing child custody disputes. A parenting plan is a written court ordered judgment that enforces parent's custody rights.
The terms of the Parenting Plan include issues of Physical Custody and Parenting Time (term used in Joint Custody arrangements for both parents) or Visitation Rights (term used in Sole Physical Custody arrangements for the non-custodial parent), Legal Custody, Child Support, Dependency Deductions, Health Insurance coverage for the children, transportation issues, and relocation notice, along with any other issues the parties or Court believe need addressing concerning the upbringing of the children.
Physical Custody is the actual placement and parenting time of each parent.
Legal Custody is the ability of a parent to make legal decision for the child. Legal decisions include areas such as education, health, welfare, and day to day legal decisions.
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