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How to change a child custody order in Oklahoma

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2021 | Child Custody |

It might seem impossible to change child custody orders in Oklahoma, but there are many reasons you might want to change the custody orders. Maybe there’s been a change in the child’s or the parent’s needs.

Regardless of your reasons for changing a child custody order, it’s good to know that it is an option offered to you. However, changed to custody orders can take time to process.

When is requesting a child custody change okay?

The court is always concerned about the best interests of the child. As such, if the current custody arrangements are working well for the child or all parties, then the court might question why you want it changed.

Despite this, there are a few reasons that the court will grant a child custody modification. Child safety and changes to the parents’ lives are some of the most common reasons for child custody modifications.

If the child isn’t safe at one of their parent’s homes, then the court will ask for proof that the child is not safe at that home. They’ll also consider whether the danger to the child is immediate or if anything can be done to make the home safer without changing the child custody order.

What if a parent is moving?

Sometimes parents look at jobs that are far away and custody orders need to be modified for that reason. The court might consider how much the child’s life will be interrupted by a child custody modification at this point.

They’ll also ask the parents if they’ve talked out this change first or attempted to reach their own agreements. They’ll also ask about the parent’s motives for relocating.

What other reasons should I look to modify child custody arrangements?

Sometimes child custody orders need to be modified after the death of a parent. Or, a parent seeks a custody modification after the other parent has failed to hold up their end of the arrangement. It’s important to consider all of your options before seeking modification.