Divorces are final, but sometimes, it becomes necessary to modify the original terms of a divorce. Whether it’s child custody issues or financial changes, modifications are often a part of a divorce that’s long since been settled. Nothing in life is permanent, and when it comes to our families and livelihood, we shouldn’t be anchored to agreements that no longer serve a purpose. Did you know that in 1960, there were just 300,000 single father households in the U.S? Today, there are more than 2.5 million single fathers who are raising their children. It’s a nine-fold increase that’s growing each year. A recent Pew Research study reveals, “The public believes that a father’s greatest role is to provide values to his children, followed by emotional support, discipline and income support.”
Texas allows for these changes, especially when it comes to children. What worked a year ago or five years ago may no longer be feasible today. The fact that more fathers are given full custody of their minor children is a perfect example of how fluid a divorce decree can be – and how society shifts its views on parenthood.
In recent years, we’ve seen how quickly a national economic crisis trickles down to affect families. While one spouse might have been earning an impressive salary when the terms of his divorce and child custody agreements were being worked out, today, he may be earning significantly less. It could be that a former spouse accepted a position in another country and the children wish to remain in their hometown. This opens the door for the non-custodial parent to seek a custodial modification. Whatever the reasons, your first best step should always be to contact an experienced Texas divorce and custody attorney. It’s too important to not have the benefit of his legal guidance. After all, it’s our children’s future at stake.
I and my staff have worked many contested modifications with successful outcomes. The courts want to know that any changes are in the best interest of the child(ren), which is something every parent wants. Often, though, one parent is not in a position to provide the best environment for the children. This is when a modification should take place.
My extensive experience in handling post-divorce and post-decree modifications has resulted in a better quality of life for children and their parents. And when it comes right down to it, isn’t well-adjusted, bright and happy children something we all want for our little ones? Contact my office today if you feel a modification to your divorce or child custody agreement could best benefit you and your children. My staff and I stand ready to provide that guidance.