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Modifying Child Custody Orders

Change is never easy but modifying your child’s court-ordered custody or visitation schedule can be downright difficult. So, what is required to change a child custody order in North Carolina?

To modify a child custody order in North Carolina there must be:

  1. “A substantial change in circumstances affecting the welfare of the child;” and
  2. A showing that modification is in the child’s best interests.

The “substantial change” can be something positive, such as a parent’s work promotion or raise in income, or it can be negative, like a downward shift in a child’s grades, increased school absences, or signs a child may be exposed to or worse, using illegal substances/drugs/alcohol.

Whether you are seeking modification to ensure your child fully benefits from a positive life change or need to shield your child from negative changes, the starting point is finding a knowledgeable attorney who can walk you through the process and help determine the best course for your child and your family.

At Apple Payne Law in Kernersville, our experienced team of family law attorneys will answer any questions you have and work with you to develop a plan that puts your child’s best interests first. If you need to change your child’s current custody arrangement, establish a custody arrangement, or just want to know the process better, call Apple Payne Law today and know your family is in good hands.

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