Child custody orders are always modifiable, and for good reason. Not only do circumstances change, but a child’s needs change as they grow. In general, small infants often attach to a primary parent, but because their memory is so short, they need more frequent contact with the other parent in order to bond with that parent. As the child becomes older and develops a strong relationship with both parents, an overnight may be appropriate. For school aged children, exchanges each week may be appropriate, depending on the child’s relationship with each parent.
The Court’s main concern is the best interests of the children, but the Court’s are also concerned with both parents having frequent and continuous contact with the child. The definition of what that is may differ from case to case, but the idea is always the same.
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