When you and your children’s other parent go through the custody process, the court considers multiple factors about you, your children and your lifestyle. If a judge thinks you shouldn’t share custody, you may lose out on precious time with your kids.
But what happens if you work to make yourself a better parent? Whether you move closer to your children, get a bigger house, start making more money or make some other improvement, you may feel you deserve more custody time. In Georgia, you can ask a judge to reconsider the custody arrangement.
Factors that affect a custody modification
In a new hearing, the court reconsiders your right to share in parenting responsibility. They will consider factors like:
- How attached are your children to their current home?
- How attached are they to you or their other parent?
- How much can you or their other parent offer them guidance, love and support?
- How long have your children lived in their current home?
- How involved are you in your children’s lives?
- How well has each parent done with parenting responsibilities?
Courts also will consider how supportive each parent will be of the children’s relationship with the other parent.
Keeping the best interests of the children in mind
The court asks these questions and others to determine the best interests of the children. The judge will not approve any change that doesn’t benefit the children.
The court also lets the kids have a say. Children 14 or older can choose where they live. And if they are between 11 and 14 years old, the judge will consider their preferences.
A modification can give you more time with your children
If you don’t get to share custody, you can lose out on important moments with your children. But if your life changes, you may be able to offer a better home. If the judge agrees with you, the court can modify your custody arrangement.