Modifications of Court Orders
If your life and circumstances change after your divorce decree or Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR) is final, it is possible to seek a modification of your decree. Court orders affecting child custody, visitation, child support and medical support can be modified if certain requirements are met.
In general, a Court with continuous exclusive jurisdiction can modify an order if it is in the best interest of the child and any of the following apply:
- The circumstances of the child, the parent with custody, or the non-custodial parent have “materially and substantially changed” since the prior order;
- The child is at least 12 years old and expressed to the judge in the privacy of the judge’s chambers a preference for which parent should have custody; or,
- The parent with custody relinquished custody to another person for at least six months (other than due to military mobilization or deployment).
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