When Can A Child Custody Order Be Modified?

April 3rd, 2017

Ronald Johnston is a skilled divorce lawyer practicing in Portland Oregon. He has more than 40 years of experience working with mothers and fathers to ensure that a custody order serves their needs and the needs of their children.

teenager doing homeworkOne of the questions mothers and fathers routinely ask Ronald Johnston is when can a child custody order be modified?

In Oregon, the principle governing child custody orders is the best interest of the child.  For this reason, there are only three instances which would allow you to modify a child custody order:

  • When both parents agree to modify an existing order. If this happens, the court can sign off on the change or hold a hearing.
  • When three years have lapsed since the child custody order had been issued, reviewed, or modified. This is to prevent parents constantly changing a child custody order and creating chaos in their offspring’s life.
  • When there’s been a significant change to the circumstances of you, your child, or your child’s other parent. If you believe there’s been a significant change, you can ask the court to modify the child custody order.

Ronald Johnston, a knowledgeable and experienced divorce lawyer practicing in Portland Oregon, can help you understand the options for modifying an existing child custody order.  Contact Ronald Johnston today!

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