Columbus, Ohio, Attorney Helping Clients Seek Modifications of Existing Orders
Court orders pertaining to custody, child support, spousal support, and visitation are subject to modification with certain limitations under Ohio divorce and family laws. If you feel an existing order is unfair or unduly burdensome given a change of circumstances in your case, you may have a right to obtain a modification of the existing order.
To determine if you have valid ground to seek a modification of an existing order, the best course of action is to consult with an experienced divorce and family law attorney. At the law office of Richard L. Morris Co. L.P.A., we offer a free telephone consultation to allow prospective clients to obtain a candid assessment of their case.
Our firm practices almost exclusively in family law matters and has extensive experience in motions for a change of child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal maintenance. To contact our office in Gahanna, Ohio, call us at 614-476-5252.
Child Custody Modifications
The state of Ohio places a high value on the finality of child custody orders. A mother or father seeking a child custody modification has a high hurdle to pass. In addition, even though a judge will consider the opinion of a child of suitable age, the opinion of a child, standing alone, is not necessarily sufficient for a change of custody. Factors including the age and maturity level of a child will be considered when a judge determines the weight he or she gives to a child's custodial preference.
Parents seeking a change of custody due to the alcohol abuse or chemical dependency of the custodial parent will need to provide the court with more than mere allegations of wrongdoing. Evidence of convictions for driving under the influence, drug convictions, or other compelling evidence should be presented along with evidence that substantiates the effect of a parent's chemical dependency on the child.
Although courts take allegations of physical or sexual abuse seriously, and County social workers investigate claims of abuse, mere allegations or suspicions alone are not sufficient for a change of custody.
The best way to determine your chances of successfully seeking a modification of custody is to consult with an experienced family law lawyer who can advise you on how best to proceed. An attorney can also assist you in gathering evidence that may be useful in court.
Contact Attorney Richard L. Morris
For information about the modification of child custody, visitation, child support, or spousal maintenance orders, contact the law office of Richard L. Morris Co. L.P.A. to schedule a free telephone consultation. For assistance, call 614-476-5252 or contact us by e-mail.