When seeking to modify child custody orders, the parent requesting the change must first prove to the court that a significant change in circumstances has occurred since the last order was issued. This is often a high hurdle to pass, as it requires a showing, that it is not just a good idea to change the order, but rather, that it is in the best interests of the childthat the order is changed. This may be especially true if the current order is a recent one.
While Judges have wide discretion in determining what constitutes a significant enough change, it will likely not be enough for the parent seeking the change simply to show that they are doing better, perhaps because of a new job, or purchasing a larger home. Parents usually must show something has materially changed that is directly affecting the child in a negative manner, or that it certainly will in the future. (more…)