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Ensuring Your
Child’s Well-Being
In California


Ensuring Your

In California


At Modern Family Law, our custody modification lawyers in California focus on assisting parents in modifying their existing child custody and parenting time agreements. Our lawyers possess in-depth expertise in the legal requirements and regulations of child custody in California, including the process of modifying these agreements. They offer valuable advice and representation to parents who are seeking to revise the terms of their present custody arrangement.

Modern Family Law's custody modification lawyers can provide aid with diverse issues, such as requesting a shift in the child's primary residence, seeking increased parenting time, or altering the present parenting plan's terms. Moreover, they can guide parents through the legal procedure, comprising filing requisite paperwork, negotiating with the other parent or their attorney, and representing their clients in court. Find out more about custody modification in California below, covering:

custody modification lawyers in California

Our experienced California child custody attorneys understand that no case is the same. We encourage you to reach out and share the details of your case with them so they can provide you with the guidance you need. Whether you are considering modifying your child custody or parenting time agreement, it's important to consult with a qualified custody modification attorney. They can provide you with the legal expertise and guidance you need to make the best decisions for your child and to ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the process.


Child custody orders in California are not always permanent and can be modified if there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original order was issued. Custody modifications may be necessary to ensure that a child's living situation remains ideal and that they receive the necessary care and support. Parents may need to seek custody modification several times before their child reaches legal adulthood, depending on the changing circumstances.

There are various reasons why a parent may seek custody modification. For instance, a parent may have relocated to another state, have a new job that requires them to work long hours, or experience a change in their health status. Additionally, the child's needs may have changed, and the current custody arrangement may no longer be suitable for them.

The California legal system permits either parent to request a modification to their custody agreement. However, this process is stringent and can be complicated. To succeed in their petition for custody modification, the parent must demonstrate to the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances and that the modification is in the best interest of the child.

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In California, custody agreements are not necessarily permanent, and modifications can be requested under certain circumstances. To request a modification, the parent must demonstrate that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original custody order was issued. This means that the parent seeking modification must prove to the court that the current custody arrangement is no longer in the best interest of the child due to the changed circumstances.

Some examples of changed circumstances that may warrant a modification of the custody agreement include:

1. Relocation: If one parent has moved to a different location, it may impact the existing custody agreement, and a modification may be necessary to ensure the child’s best interests are protected.

2. Change In Living Conditions: A parent may seek modification if they are no longer able to provide a stable and safe living environment for the child.

3. Job Changes: A parent’s job may require them to work long hours or have unpredictable schedules, which can impact their ability to provide proper care for the child.

4. Substance Abuse: If one parent has developed a substance abuse problem, it can be detrimental to the child’s well-being and require a modification of the custody agreement.

5. Domestic Violence: If there is a history of domestic violence or abuse, a modification of the custody agreement may be necessary to ensure the safety of the child.

It is important to note that not all changes in circumstances warrant a custody modification. The court will consider the child's best interests and the parent seeking the modification must prove that the change is necessary for the child's well-being.


To request a child custody modification in California, you need to file a Request For Order form (Form FL-300) with the court. Though not mandatory, submitting Form FL-311, Child Custody and Visitation, can be helpful in strengthening your case. This form allows you to provide detailed information about your child’s visitation schedule with both parents and can be especially useful if the other parent is not meeting their obligations under the current agreement.

Once the forms are completed, you must make two copies of each, keeping one and serving the other to the other parent. You will then submit the original copies, along with the filing fee ($60 – $85), to the court clerk. If you have a low income or receive public assistance, the clerk may waive this fee.

After processing your paperwork, the clerk will assign a court date. Your attorney will then ensure the other parent is served their copies of the forms, and they may receive additional forms to submit a complete response to your claim.

Overall, while the process of requesting a child custody modification in California can seem daunting, working with an experienced attorney can help ensure that everything is done correctly and increase your chances of a successful outcome.


David SandersDavid Sanders
21:37 21 Jun 22
Yes I want to thank all the staff at modern family law for all there hard work through this process I went through to win my case it was long but in long run I came out better with results then if I tried to do this on my own. I want to personally thank Chelsea Hillman And Patricia Wallace they went above and beyond to get me through all of this learning experience. I recommend them them personally and there staff to get you results. Thank you for your hard and dedication is this matter and I will be using you soon again into this matter as it's still a ongoing process.
Ceceilia ReedyCeceilia Reedy
17:04 14 Jun 22
Cynthia and her team are great! I hired Cynthia a week before my hearing and she made sure that she was prepared, up to date and knowledgeable about my case and handled everything in time for my hearing with very little time. Also she reached out with everything and responded quickly. She made sure that my concerns, my position and evidence were heard and having her at this hearing made all the difference for me. I’m happy I went with Modern Family Law and Cynthia, this has been mentally and emotionally draining for me to go through and as soon as Cynthia came abroad I was able to be relived of that and knew I was in good hands. My hearing went in my favor and I believe it’s because I had Cynthia. Now I can get back to my life and focus on other things and I’m just so grateful for Cynthia and her teams help.
Gina WarnerGina Warner
18:02 19 May 22
Brian Litzinger with Modern Family Law and I have been working together for about 4 years. He did an amazing job for me as I was going through a very difficult long custody battle for my Daughter. He helped keep me sane and is very kind and compassionate and understanding. He is the best attorney I have ever worked with and I highly recommend him. Oh, and I now have full custody of my Daughter.
Benji KelsoBenji Kelso
15:10 13 Apr 22
Brian and Yenesis were really great to work with. They are extremely thorough and know this area of law very well, and they won my case!
Devin RoybalDevin Roybal
18:53 01 Dec 21
Cynthia was absolutely amazing. We’ve been working together over the past year. She treated me with respect and professionalism. She would always get back to me in a timely manner and really believed in me. I couldn’t be more thankful for the things she did for me and showed me.I would recommend her to anyone. 5 stars all around. Thank you!!!!


Can I Request A Custody Modification Even If The Other Parent Doesn't Agree To It?

In California, you can request a custody modification even if the other parent does not agree to it. The process involves filing a request with the court, providing a written declaration explaining why the modification is necessary, and possibly attending a mediation session to attempt to reach an agreement with the other parent. The court will review your request and consider various factors, including the child’s best interests, the child’s relationship with each parent, and each parent’s ability to care for the child. If the court agrees that a modification is necessary, it may change the custody arrangement or modify the existing order in some other way. However, the court’s decision will depend on the specific circumstances of your case and whether the requested modification is in the child’s best interests.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Request A Custody Modification?

While you do not need a lawyer to request a custody modification in California, it is highly recommended that you consult with a family law attorney due to the complexity of family law and the legal requirements involved. An attorney can help you navigate the process, understand your legal rights and obligations, and represent your interests in court. If you cannot afford an attorney, free or low-cost legal services may be available through legal aid organizations or pro bono programs. Keep in mind that the other parent may have legal representation, which can put you at a disadvantage in court. Therefore, being fully prepared and understanding the legal process is crucial to advocate for your child’s best interests.

What Happens If The Other Parent Disagrees With My Request For A Custody Modification?

If the other parent disagrees with your request for a custody modification in California, a hearing will likely be scheduled for both parents to present evidence and testimony supporting their positions. The court will then make a decision based on the evidence presented and whether the modification is in the child’s best interests. In California, the court presumes that frequent and continuing contact with both parents is in the child’s best interests, except in cases of abuse or neglect. Therefore, the burden of proof is on the requesting party to demonstrate that the modification is necessary and in the child’s best interests. If the court denies your request, you may need to wait for a certain period of time before requesting another modification, unless you can demonstrate a significant change in circumstances that affects the child’s well-being.



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