The Inner Workings of a Law Firm

The Inner Workings of a Law Firm

Modifying Your Custody Order When Your Ex Is Showing Signs Of Changes To Their Mental Status

by Jo Rodriquez

When you share a custody arrangement with an ex, it is difficult to change the custody order unless there has been a material change in circumstances. If you have agreed to a child custody visitation schedule and filed the agreement in court, it is almost impossible to change your mind without a good reason. There may be a time when you begin to notice that your ex is showing signs of mental illness or a distortion with reality for an unknown reason. While this doesn't necessarily mean custody should change, it could mean that there needs to be further investigation into what is going on. Your children need to be safe in both homes, and court may be your only option.

Causes of Mental Status Changes

There could be a medical reason your ex has suddenly stopped remembering what time they are supposed to pick up the children. They may be struggling emotionally from the breakup, or they could be abusing substances that you are just becoming aware of. While some bickering is somewhat normal during the early stages of a divorce, mental status changes are more concerning. If you are getting hateful emails or text messages years after your divorce, this could mean an underlying mental health need that has to be addressed.

When the Children are In Danger

Danger can be difficult to determine. When you truly feel that your children are at risk when they are with your ex, child protective services should be called. You must have specific reasons why you believe your children are in danger. If you have witnesses events where your ex was publicly intoxicated, or your child is suddenly afraid to go with your ex, you have the right to contact child protective services to talk about your concerns.

Emergency Motion for Modification

Once you already have a custody agreement filed in court, you will need to file an emergency motion for a modification to the agreement if you are worried about your kids. You will have to state why this is an emergency, and what your concerns are. In your modification request, you will need to clarify what you want the judge to do to manage the situation.

If you are ever worried about your children when they are with your ex, talk to a professional that can help you. A child custody attorney will be able to discuss the merits of your concerns and work with you to file a modification if it is warranted.


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The Inner Workings of a Law Firm

We all know that lawyers are professionals who help people interpret and work with the law, but do you know how a law firm works from the inside out? I am a professional paralegal, and I have worked in both large and small law firms during my career. I can tell you that a successful law firm needs more than just lawyers to keep it running smoothly, and sometimes things can get really crazy! Take a tour through a law firm in my blog, and find out what really goes on behind the scenes of an active and successful law firm.