Any child custody order is subject to change if a change of circumstances occurs. A change is circumstances can vary, stemming from the age of the children, or the need for, or opportunity to access to a better school with the other parent. It could also include negative changes. The court always has the authority to look at the child custody arrangement to see whether change is in order or would benefit the child.
Work schedule changes are not often enough to shift a permanent custody schedule.
What happens to custody when a substance abuse was present but is no longer an issue?
Where custody and visitation were previously curtailed due to a substance issue like alcoholism but the parent is now clean and sober, the courts are very forgiving and rewarding where the parent can show that abuse issue is no longer present in their lives for a substantial period of time.
This can then lead to more balanced custody schedule between the parents.
Do I have to have a lawyer for my child custody case?
You don’t need a lawyer for a child custody case, but it is a good idea to at least consult with a lawyer, to determine what your rights are before making any agreements with your soon-to-be-ex.
It is important to learn and be aware of what the court’s perspective is on custody, what they value in determining custody while the court considers the dynamics between you and the other parent.
It’s never a requirement to have a custody lawyer, but it is important for anybody who wants to handle the case themselves to spend an hour with an experienced child custody attorney just to learn what the rules is, what is important to the court and what might best benefit the child.